Happily I didn't pay the full £70, or even the £60 it was going for on sale, or even the £48 pounds on clearance, I managed to score a bottle for £38 and even at that price it was hard to find anything remarkable about it. A 21 year old Speyside for £38 and I'm not getting excited. What is the world coming to?
So what is the problem?
The biggest problem is it is ultimately characterless. It seems harsh to describe something that's been sitting in a warehouse for 21+ years as being bland but that's the first word that comes to mind. Presented at 40%vol, what it lacks in flavour and depth it also lacks in punch and presence.
There's oak, there's bourbon cask presence, maybe a whiff of sherried wood in there somewhere, but way back in the mix, it's like listening to a cover band playing a familiar album with the amps all turned down to 3.
Is it worth £38? Probably not (I still cannot belive that I'm saying a 21year old Speyside at @38 isn't a bargain), there's no doubt that there's better bottles out there for a similar price that are twice the whisky.