Actually, all three Speyside Region Malts I tried so far are superb drams that I rate around 92 points each despite they own very different profiles. A great cask selection by Carsten and the TWA team - congrats for that! These are old-style crafted drams at their best and a nice contrast to all the "designed" modern whiskies. Worth their money (given the release price of around 270 to 300 Euro) - and it is very rare that I state such a comment these days…
PS: Given the flavours profile and the spirit characteristics I bet my … that all three were distilled at Glenfarclas.
The colour is burnished and the texture shows a very fine oiliness again with a sticky ring that refuses to build tears for a long time. The nose offers a rich and complex profile of ripe fruits, honeys, herbs and spices in a subtle wooden setting. Very delicate and balanced with no off-note that I can find. Yes, this is a close-to-perfection maturation in a refill cask and I really like it.
The taste is multi-layered with more herbs and spices beside the fruits and sugars. The wood is just about right to provide a good framework for all the flavours that pop up one after the other. It is very recommended to do a longer chewing than usual just to experience all the different layers.
The spirit arrives warming and charming on the palate and nicely coats the mouth without distracting moments. An excellent mouthfeel, for sure. The finish is long and adds some more wood that is highly welcomed to counter the sweet attack from the fruits and sugars. Again no distracting bitter or drying moment despite 38 years in the cask, this dram was bottled exactly at the right time! Water is not needed.