Appearance: Hazy orange pour with a finger of fizzy head over the top. It vanished within seconds with absolutely no lace left on the glass.
Aroma: Really pronounced canned peach and apricot lifting out. Lots of rockmelon, paw paw and guava, pretty much turning into a fruit salad once it settles in the glass. We get a little bit of cloying sweetness coming through which in a way exposes the lack of barrel character on offer. Quite underwhelming to be honest.
Flavour: It hits the palate with yeasty spice, tangy fruit, melon, peach and apricot…a bit of warmth from the booze in support. Not a lot else unfortunately, we detect a bit more oak as opposed to the aroma but it just seems to taper off in to a less than impressive finish with hints of stonefruit and earthy tang on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy but also a little thin and slippery. Mild- medium body. We will say this though the 10.8% AbV is rather well disguised.
Overall: We were contemplating a drain pour here but once we considered how much it cost and the rarity we pushed through. It’s just bland and very difficult to enjoy in our opinion. Average at best!