...and obviously the average-only was a gaffe because this one is again: superior! It is a truly complex, perfectly balanced and dangerously quaffable old style "naked" 'farclas that offers the distilleries' great malt profile at its very best...
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers an unbelievable complex and rich profile of ripe fruits, spices, honeys, sugars, fine oils, nuts and and and... The wooden notes are just about right to contain the overwhelming sweetness of the other aromas and keep a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and herbal aromas. There is a great movie playing on my olfactory cells, I could watch (sniff) this for hours...
The taste is nicely layered with dozens of ripe fruits show up first followed by spices and different honey flavours. Next on the scene are some herbs before delicious white chocolates enter the stage. The final word is left to the woods, as so often - and they provide a fine transistion into the finish.
The whisky arrives charming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a creamy feeling and not the slightest trace of any unpleasant moment. The finish is very long and gets more spicier and bitter-herbal which provides a fine contrast to the rather sweet taste. No distracting drying or astringent moment despite the 38 years in oak. Water releases some more aromas both in the nose and on the palate but be careful not to add too much of it as the dram flattens quickly. I like it best at around 43% abv.