According to the producer this limited volume blend consists of 75% malt whiskies from 1982 and 25% grain whiskies from 1978 and 1979. That blend was then recasked in sherry butts and left to marry for 6 months prior to bottling.
Bottled 03.10.2017 (batch #17/0117), so it is actually 35 YO, with its grain components being 38 and 39 YO.
This bottle was opened three years ago. That has given it plenty of time to breathe and oxidate, from which it has benefited. When initially opened it was clearly less complex and a bit acidic.
NOSE: Dried and fresh citrus fruits and sherry: Initially vanilla and sweet oak. With time come oranges, dried orange peel, lots of orange liqueur and old limoncello, some baking spices, raisins and toffee. Some volatile notes as well (nail polish, varnish). Not very intense but what's there is lovely. Comes and goes a bit. (89p)
TASTE: The arrival comes with more aged orange liqueur and mild baking spices. On the mid palate more of the same, plus mild wood bitterness, dried fruits, sweet barley juice and hints of vanilla. Not directly suffering from its low ABV (40%) but how I would have loved to try this at 46%, not to mention at cask strength! (88p)
FINISH: Dried fruits, baking spices, less orange liqueur, light syrup, very mild pepperiness, dry. Long. Quite nice. (87p)
OVERALL: A lovely old malt-heavy blended whisky! Needs (a long) time in the bottle to breathe and open up. Also rewards time and patience in the glass.
TOTAL SCORE 88 points.