M. Wigman 55 Years Old Cognac petite champagne Precious Moments Series Gülsah 57.2% 1967
|Serie||Precious moments series Gülsah|
|Gebotteld voor||The Netherlands|
Cognac petite champagne
Serge Valentin (91)
I know, hardly a youngster. But all people involved are indeed youngsters, Michiel who did the bottling, Hans who did the label, Jimi who composed the soundtrack in 1967, and obviously the lady on the label… Colour: amber. So, no purple haze. Nose: cracking. Some maltiness (really), then abundant yellow jams (mirabelle, melon), then raisins and really a feeling of a perfect old ex-refill Speysider, such as an old B******e from Dufftown. Quince jelly. With water: I said quince jelly! And popcorn, nougat, crema Catalana… Mouth (neat): boy does it rock. Big, loud, massive, full of mirabelles, quinces, turmeric, even ginger, cinnamon, white pepper… You would almost believe this was a very old cognac that's been treated as if it were malt whisky. By some fearless Scots, for example… With water: great fun with water. If you keep it above 50% vol., it's malt whisky (quite), whereas if you bring it down to +/-45%, raisins, preserved peaches, figs and plums would make it totally… Cognacqy. That's all rather spectacular, who said water was unnecessary? Finish: rather long, still a bit between both worlds. Comments: kudos to everyone involved, except that this makes for a bad apéritif: too high, but my fault.
Words Of Whisky:
Nose: Touches of tobacco leaves, moss, star anise and furniture polish. Also dark, honeyed notes, Maraschino cherries, figs and dried apricots, with a whisper of cinnamon buns, orange blossom and mango. Finally a bit of soy sauce even.
Taste: A touch of lychee, walnuts, raspberry jam and prunes, but also cigar boxes, cedarwood and orange zest. Then some damp oak, menthol and soft tannins.
Finish: Medium to long. Slightly herbacious, warming spices and apricots.
A delightful Cognac, with lovely interplay between autumnal notes and more vibrant fruits. Very taken by this.