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This is the oldes Chairman's I had so far. And it's pure from the John Dore pot still 1.
Nose: Sweet and medical nose. Reminds me of the old TDLs. There are caramel notes, dry orange zests, grains and the medical notes. Very sweet but also sharp juice. Wood influence is of course there, but not too much for 20y of aging.
Taste: Sweet start with caramel and dry orange zests. The medical notes are added immediately. The sharpness increases quickly (it's a sharp rum), releasing the bourbon wood. My mouth get's dry, I have some grains (buckwheat), medical notes in combination with caramel on the palate.
The finish is sharp, again with caramel, medical notes and grains.
Aftertaste: orange zests, caramel, medical notes and grains
Conclusion: I know this profile very well. Therefore it's not new for me. A good TDL could be like this one. But there is also a Chairmans signature. It's not very complex but very strong and sharp.
Not for beginners, but as a connaisseurs I'm thinking about 87-88 points. I think 88 is reasonable, because I had also good blends with more complexity from Chairman's.
Overall rating: 88 points
Value (199 Euro): 2/5
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