26.182 - SAUDADE

Age30 years
Distilled04 May 1990
Cask2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Outturn92 bottles
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This sample rendered us deeply philosophical. We could talk about wax jackets, beeswax, oak furniture, antique-gold picture frames and dunnage warehouses – but as Charles Bukowski wrote: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.” The palate gentle, warm and sweet, floral honey and gooey chocolate seemed to permeate our entire mouth while in the finish a clean fresh surprising minerality. A drop of water and a deep sense of longing accompanied by the happy melancholy which the Portuguese poet Teixeira de Pascoaes defined as ‘saudade’ engulfed. Ultimately let’s give Bukowski the final words; “there is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.”