Distilled: 1995, Bottled: 2015. 46%, selected by Astor Wines.
What a fun blend! A 1995 vintage bottled for Astor from a single cask holding 60% Ugni Blanc, 30% Baco & 10% Folle Blanche. It's NCF and 46%, so we're off to a good start.
This is a spice bomb. It smells and tastes like an old rye from Alberta Distillers (e.g., Whistlepig or Masterson's, but aged longer). There's some burnt sugar upfront with a light cedar note at the end, but it's the peppery kick and pencil shavings that dominate here, with some borderline bitterness. Do you like grapefruits without sugar? You'll dig this tartness. But it's very dry,so those with a sweet tooth won't love it.
That said, I think it's fantastic. I forget what I paid for this, but I think it was around $80? It's sold out now, so this review is largely useless, but K&L has a few batches of d'Ognoas for sale, including a 16 year pick.
The regular d'Ognoas XO is also quite good (review pending), so you can safely put it on the list of distillers to snag. Why? Because I said so, and I have one of the finest palates in the world (and am perhaps the greatest mind of his generation).
86 pts, B. Another excellent pick from Astor, who, along with K&L, make me feel like a Kid in a Brandy Store. I should have bought more bottles.