...and this is the best release since 2010, I tasted them all and I swear my rating is honest (according to my taste buds)! The price point of this special offer simply is unbeatable - a 25-years old high quality Islay dram for south of 100 Euro! Hey, even nowadays there are real bargains out there... Grab it while you can!
The colour is old gold but this does not matter as Diageo uses caramel to tamper with the colour (why don't you stop this practice - do you really think that a consistent colouring matters to single malt drinkers, stupid?). The texture shows slow legs and late fat sticky tears. The nose offers an adorable profile of peaty-vanilla-herbal aromas in a close-to-perfection mix. This is the best nose of a 25-years old since the fine 2010 release!
The taste is truly complex and multi-layered with flavours that show up and leave one after the other as if they march in a victory parade. There are farmy, medicinal, ashy and herbal notes as well as molten sugars, honey and maritime peaty impressions. All pretty balanced and delicate without any off-note.
It arrives instantly coating and warming on the palate with a slight astringent feeling (hot bonfire ashes) that actually is pretty nice. The finish is long and adds more spicy and tobacco flavours to the mix, the latter turn it a little drying (but not unpleasantly). Water is not needed.