A tough dram to taste.The alcohol strength, still so high after 40 years in cask, takes some of the pleasure away.
40 Years Old
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Rich, deep. Floral. Fading rose. Malty. Malteasers. Fruity. Cider apples. Well displayed layers of aromas. The alcohol is quite sharp though.
Palate: Firm. Warm, biting. It can't be enjoyed neat. But the water enhances the oakiness. Apple compote with cinnamon spice.
Finish: Dry and spicy.
Comment: A tough dram to taste.The alcohol strength, still so high after 40 years in cask, takes some of the pleasure away.
Nose: Another highly mature dram, this time with more steamed syrup pudding, autumn hedgerow fruits, dried citrus peel and that waxiness once more.
Palate: Big impact with lots of perfume, cassia and powdered rose petal. A bosky woodiness moving into sandalwood. Needs just a dribble of water allowing it to expand further.
Finish: Shows its age. Hint of coal dust.
Comment: Yes there's oak but it's old! It is also beautifully balanced.
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