Color: Rich Gold
Nose: Yeah, pretty lovely stuff. Fruit and honey, mellowed and concentrated with great age. I wouldn't call it a fruit bomb, because it's subtle rather than in-your-face. However, it's definitely "that" profile, which so often produces huge scores from connoisseurs. (The late-'80s and early-'90s Irish single malts do the same thing, pretty much.) There's a lovely waxiness present, as well. Yes, I really like this. A few drops of water don't do much here, but they don't need to, honestly.
Taste: I'm going to have to be careful here, because the damned cork broke when I first opened the bottle (it was as if the thing had been glued in there) and there are little cork bits floating about. I suppose I could have just used a sieve to pour, but whatever! Okay, here we go... There's the fruit! Big, big fruit. The mouthfeel is fine, especially given the style, but it's hardly thick or oily. It's bottled at near 50% strength, so there's a bit of bite, but it's perfectly pleasant to drink neat. I think water may do some lovely things here, though. Let's see. Yup, a few drops take out the bite and just leave the lovely fruits. That's my approach for this from here on out.
Finish: Subtle, you get some of the wood here. Water doesn't help there.
Comments: Being honest, I don't go as crazy as many for this style. I'm not saying everything needs to be bold and in your face. In fact, I think I have the biggest soft spot for big, funky flavors that don't rely upon sherry or peat primarily. Regardless, I can't help but appreciate what's going on here. The nose and palate, but especially the nose, really deliver a quality experience with beeswax/honey and fresh fruit. To have it be this vibrant after 44 years is really something. A pleasure and a bargain.