This 40 year old is the third and final bottling (following the 38 and 39) of the Epicurean Odyssey series and is crafted using the Singleton 12 Year Old finished for nearly 3 decades in casks that previously held Ron Zacapa XO.
We had the pleasure of pairing the 15 Year Old, 18 Year Old, 21 Year Old and 25 Year Old with a delectable pairing food menu at by The Canopy @ Majestic Kuala Lumpur before the 40 year old was unveiled.
Body: Light to medium
Nose: Mellow, with a little prickle at first; fruity top notes hint at dried apple and are soon backed by a more savoury aroma evoking sage, while richer hints of fruit, soon suggesting plums enrobed in dark chocolate, sit on a balancing base of sweetly spicy oak, with light aromas of hard toffee and oak shavings.
Palate: Complex layers of flavour suggest pears slathered indulgently in dark chocolate and caramelised tropical fruits, as with toffee-covered banana and pineapple. Beautifully balanced and super-smooth, with sustained rich, sweet fruitiness balanced by slow-building black pepper. Velvet-smooth dark chocolate tannins herald an appetising drying note.
Finish: Quite long, deep-flavoured and lightly drying, with black pepper spice and another hint of waxy smoke.
Bottled at 700ml at 45.9% ABV, there are only 1,716 bottles worldwide, with only 48 bottles available in Malaysia.
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