The Single Cask Nation Girvan 10 Year 2006 (Refill Bourbon Hoggie) opens with model airplane paint thinner that’s been used in combination with Armagnac to tart up a walnut paté served on a walnut cheeseboard employed in the first class cabin of an Emirates flight to Djibouti. (You guys got that, too, right?) There’s water that’s simultaneously brackish and sweet, like it’s been scented with Eau de Lassie and Eau de Lassi.
The mouth is creamy fruit candy with a spice drop flavorful burn. There’s votive offerings incense, smoldering in resiny pinecone candlesticks, pleasing the gods. It’s big, bold, beautiful, and a bit bodaciously bombastic.
The finish is candied pecan butter with a faint tinge of anise and bright, brassy, big gongs being bonged. Lips a-tingle with slightly overripe green peppers and iced Sauvignon Blanc gobletfuls. We found also a hornet molasses that was metallic and sweet–John wondered aloud if this is how bottoms feel when let out of gimp boxes. I think our aghast looks closed down that avenue of gedankenexperiments.
On the scale of cool nicknames–
The Single Cask Nation Girvan 10 Year 2006 (Refill Bourbon Hoggie) is George “The Iceman” Gervin–He led the NBA is scoring in four years out of five. As Eugene O’Neill presciently wrote in 1940, The Iceman Cometh. Ask not for whom the Iceman cometh; he cometh for thee while you goeth for the SCN Girvan 10 year old.