Again, it seems Wu Dram is forever. Or at least for 53 years now.
I’ve never had much Cognac before. I tried some Armagnacs and my father-in-law had me try some Cognac in the past, but I never got into it.
I generally find it too weak, too focused on smoothness, and because of it being blended most of the time, not having enough variety.
Then comes this stuff. A single cask, from a single house, at cask strength. Consider my interest peaked! I tried bottle-sharing this in my little Facebook group, but I didn’t get enough people enthused to warrant buying a bottle. As you might expect, this isn’t exactly bottom shelf pricing we’re talking about.
Still, compared to whisky, this stuff is almost free. A 53 year old single cask beverage below € 300 is a steal in the world of whisky.
Lots of wood. Both old woody notes, but some hints of fresh oak are still present. Ground bitter almonds and almond paste. Slightly sharper than I expected of something at 47%, but not harsh at all. Blue grapes and some cedar.
The palate is also rather intense. Warming with lots of oak. Dry, fruity with grapes and sour cherries. Some hints of bitterness with twigs and almonds.
Again, sour cherries but I also get raspberries and blue grapes. Again there are nutty notes with mostly bitter almonds and almond paste.
Well, I think I should have bought a bottle when it came out after all. This stuff is truly stellar. There is a lot going on without ever feeling out of balance or strange. It’s consistent but consistently great with a lot of interesting flavors. Especially the almonds and sour cherries (which I happen to like a lot) are great.
I tried this with my father-in-law, a benefit of getting a 5cl sample is the ability to share. He also loved it and wrote the tasting notes with me. He didn’t get the sour cherries though.
Vallein Terciner 53 years old, 1967-2020, 47%, bottled by Wu Dram Clan. Still available through some creative buying from Whiskytempel in Germany, at little under € 350.