Campbeltown Loch 21 Year Bottled 2013 46%

Nose: Peaches and nectarines. Mango. Garden roses. We had a nest of swallows right above the rosebush in front of the house Serenity was born in. I loved sitting with my book in the huge picture window watching the babies swoop, and poop, in the fading light. They made for the most robust roses, and brought a slightly grassy mineral smell to accompany the bright fragrance of the flower. Very mild white cheese with a touch of salt.

Palate: Stone fruit and cherries. I’m definitely not a fan of west coast IPAs. The bitterness and hops is enticing for a second but I rarely enjoy a second sip. For all the fruit on this palate, it’s got a dry edge paired with an odd artificial sweetness. Big league chew might have the most fucked up candy every as an adult looking back, but it was so much fun as a kid to pack that shit into your lip, chew and then shit it out without looking. Until you hit your mom’s good heels and she grounded me for a good part of the summer.

Rating: 4 / 10 – Nose is nice, and there are plenty of fun moments, but the palate just doesn’t do much for me. I was hoping the extra 6% would give it a nice kickstart, but not much of a difference.