...and this one is no exception. It owns a very interesting (and different) profile that is great fun to explore and very, very quaffable (provided you like complex and subtle drams). Maybe it is a little intellectual but hey, why not invest some time and effort into such an old beauty? It will reward you, for sure...
The colour is old gold and the nose offers the typical early eighties 'farclas profile that is less fruits-driven (like the older ones) but nevertheless very interesting and delicate. There are many waxy-oily-grassy notes that are complemented by fine barley sugars and honeys, later some fruits and spices pop up. All nicely balanced but it is a rather intellectual nose, not to everybody's liking I am afraid. But an experienced and curious connoisseur will appreciate this somewhat different profile, for sure. I like it!
The taste truly is multi-layered on an adorable mix of flavours ranging from dozens of different sugars, chocolates, fruits, honeys, all kinds of spices all the way to coffee beans and delicious nutty and oily notes. This is what I call a complex profile, very interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable, finally. Water releases more floral-grassy notes in the nose and turns the taste sweeter but I like the neat dram better, honestly.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and charming: it instantly coats the mouth with a fine creamy feeling without any distracting moment. The finish is long and adds more chocolatey and waxy flavours that I really like in such a combo. No bitter or drying moments at all - a completely flawless dram and a fine pick, dear George!