Glenglassaugh Massandra Connection 41 year old Sherry Wood Finish, 44.5%

Price: $1087 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

The Massandra winery, which supplies casks for Glenglassaugh's Massandra Connection bottlings, is the oldest in Crimea, and reputedly produced Tsar Alexander III's favorite wines. The 1973 distillation, which has been finished in sherry casks, has a nose of sultanas, cinnamon, sweet grass, and herbal notes in the background. Bung cloth, char, and finally damp undergrowth. Complex aromatic progression. Mouth-coating, with sweet, spicy tropical fruit notes and oloroso. Slowly drying, with bitter orange and mild tannins at the close.£645