...and it is another proof of the great Pulteney distillery profile despite it aged a little too long in its cask. This profile is an excellent mixture of fruity-honey-maritime flavours in a well-balanced mix. If bottled some years earlier this would be a 92+points score but still it is very interesting and quaffable...
The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a flabbergasting fruity profile, wow! This is absolutely adorable - I feel like walking through a tropical fruits market with delicious over-ripe exotic and home-grown fruits. Beside these tasty honey, spicy and spring floral aromas join in and later fine oils and waxy notes. Complex and very balanced - a nose that is almost impossible to find in modern style drams.
The taste is fruity-sweet with additional honey and sugary flavours that are countered by bitter herbal and wooden notes. The latter dominate a little too much for my taste, unfortunately. There are additional fine spices and waxes and oils again, but the bitter flavours stay dominant. Water releases more aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother and less bitter (this is good for two points) and improves the finish, too.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying feeling (tannins). The finish is long and stays bitter-herbal-woody as was the taste. But the oily-waxy-sugary notes grow stronger towards the end and balance this out. The bitter moments vanish almost completely after some time, surprisingly.