...oooh yes, it did! This belongs exactly to my predator-prey system when I am in the mood for a delicious dram. Wow, what a great tasting experience! I am totally flabbergasted and delighted. But beware all you "oompf"-seekers and spike-lovers: This dram shines through its elegance, complexity and subtleness - so shy away if you prefer the "punch-in-ya-face" style of modern whiskies.
The colour is deep copper and the texture shows fat sticky tears with very slow legs (that promises a lot!). The nose is simply adorable and one to sniff for hours. Dozens of different fruits in a honey-glazed waxy structure combine with spicy woods and some old school dusty aromas. By the way, not the slightest trace of over-maturation here.
The taste is truly multi-layered on fountains of different flavours and aromas, this is an old style dram close to perfection. There are the finest fruity and nutty flavours contained in a honey-waxy-sweet setting. I guess a trained tongue and nose is able to spot more than thirty different nuances in here. Some water releases even more aromas in the nose and on the palate - yes, the dram gets flatter that way but it is worth a try (if you have more than just a sample at your hands). I like it both neat and a little reduced.
The dram arrives lovely on the palate and is nicely chewable. It immediately coats all of the mouth with a warming and charming feeling, no distracting moments whatsoever. The finish is long (as expected from the texture) and prolonges this beautiful tasting experience without any distracting feeling. No, there is really not a single trace of over-maturation in this methusalem. Bottled exactly at the right time, congrats to the good people at Cadenhead!