Talisker Port Ruighe
Nose: Smoke, brine, crispy bacon rinds, ground black pepper, charred oak, a Cadbury’s fudge bar, chocolate covered raisins, red and dark berries, dapple dandy plums, peel and juice from a Valencia orange, ginger root, ground cinnamon and a vinegary vinousness.
Palate: Bonne Maman damson plum conserve, black and white ground pepper, Maldon sea salt flakes, hints of five spice, harsh youthful oak, a cinnamon stick, Waitrose crystallised stem ginger, cherries dipped in honey, a sucked spent match, a dark Terry’s chocolate orange and something rather mentholly and chemically sweet.
Finish: Over lingering and under delivering.
Summary: The dramming equivalent to the Morecambe and Wise piano concerto sketch with André Previn. “I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”. By and large there is an amazing set of individual notes coming through but the overall balance and teaming togetherness is rather lacklustre and dare I say disappointing.