Lous Pibous 1996 Cask #152 54.9% for L´Encantada

Nose: Wow this is straight vanilla ice cream. How’d they do that? I thought they used French, not American oak. Fighting through the orchid pods, I find it has some of that wheater cherry pie thing going on. A la mode, in this case. Very PVW20. It’s very easy for the proof, with no methylbutanol or the like. Some tobacco and library book notes in there too. Can’t wait to taste this.

Palate: Wow. Buttery rich palate, almost too easy here, with no burn and nor tannin roughness. Torched creme brulee, licorice and fried fruit. Yum. This is one of my favorite finishes of any spirit I’ve ever had. Vanilla ice cream melting on the tongue for days. That licorice remains too. Earlier today, I treated myself to some of the salted licorice my dear, dear Swedish friends send me – so maybe that why it’s on my mind. Also. PSA: Salted licorice ice cream is a thing in Stockholm. I rate that stuff 10/10.

Rating: 9 / 10 – This is a beautiful spirit and a uniquely delicious vanilla bomb. Its oaky nose almost had me worried but the palate and finish got progressively sweeter. Just amazing yak.