A fine whisky, but does something as fresh and soft benefit from quite so much ageing?
1966, 31 Years Old
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Lemon, oil, cedar. Spicy.
Palate: Oil, lemon, orange. Fruity (apricot?), nutty, toffee. Cookie-like maltiness. Falls away somewhat in middle.
Finish: Soothing. Very long. Cedary dryness and grassy hints of peat in a very slightly woody finish.
Comment: A fine whisky, but does something as fresh and soft benefit from quite so much ageing?
Nose: Half bourbon, half malt. A quite brilliant honey-rich oakiness in perfect harmony with kumquats, a sprig of mint and a touch of menthol. Stunning.
Palate: Enormous start with the oak taking command immediately. The very sturdy malt fights through to ensure a fabulous sweetness that counters the toasty dryness and biting spice.
Finish: Long; reverts to oaky vanilla when toffee dies. Unbelievably complex.
Comment: A rare treat for a Lowlander and the most complex on the market by a mile.
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