Swell de Spirits #2 N65 Borderies 56,7%
A 56yo Borderies bottled at 56,7%. What else? Just that I’ve tasted its twin cask a few months ago and I kinda like it. Let’s go!
Colour: Amber, gold lights. Regular very heavy tears.
Nose: Full of tropical fruits and herbs at first. Roasted pineapple scents melted to cedar wood, pinesap, and parsley. Quite flowery with a bit of air, but more on jasmine and rosewater when you compare it to the N64. Very rum-like in some aspects. A nice touch of salinity on olive oil. Great fruity notes in the background, mainly on rhubarb.
Mouth: Oily texture. Delicious entrance on smooth tinned peaches notes and grenadine. Incredible mouth length. Stunning silky red fruits aromas in the aftertaste. Strong prunes liquor notes too counterbalanced by light balsamic shades. It ends on licorice syrup and dried figs.
Last Notes: Strong coffee shades with more air. Heady lingering ristretto notes. It remains very flowery on orange blossom and rosewater. Nice rancio on old malt notes and marasquin cherry. Light dried mushroom scents too. On the palate, you find this particular old sherry cask patine, following what I previously perceived. You get melted nutty notes, red wine aftertaste, and honey wax shades. Way more tea-ish now. It ends with bourbon vanilla and breakfast tea notes.
Generous with a great evolution through the tasting, this Swell de Spirits x Grosperrin N65 requires your full attention. That’s magnificent Borderies for sure. So magnificent that I asked myself if it deserves more than the N64 OB. After a long debate with me, myself, and I, I made a choice.
My very subjective note: 92/100