...and this is another excellent example of how great the Traditional Scotch maturation style (once) was. It offers an unbelievably complex, superbly balanced and dangerously quaffable profile that is simply ... great! No flaw, no off-note, no imbalance - just pure pleasure both for my olfactory cells and taste buds. The price is somewhat adequate given today's weird levels - I am afraid you will not get such a drinking quality for lesser bucks in the foreseeable future...
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers an adorable fruity-nutty-OBF sherry profile that represents the Traditional Scotch maturation style at its best. It enfolds greatly after some breathing and releases dozens of additional fine aromas, among them honeys, raisins, figs, cinnamon, walnut oil, nail varnish remover to mention just a few. No flaw or off-note and all nicely balanced, and the woods are perfect to provide a sound backbone without entering the spotlight.
The taste it nicely layered on all the fine sherry and malty flavours one can think of - this is a perfect example to chew it for minutes and detect new impressions all the time. Again no flaw or imbalance and the woods stay calm in their (best) role to provide structure without dominating. Some water turns both nose and taste punchier what I do not like but a further reduction releases additional waxy and oily notes that are great. I like this dram best when neat but it is worth a try with a fair share of water at around 38% abv too (if you have more than just a small sample at your hands).
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a minor peppery-drying moment that is absolutely okay for such an old gem. The finish is long and adds more honey and chocolatey flavours that are delicious. The slightly drying-astringent feeling pops up again towards the end what just drives you to serve you another dram (which is dangerous to your bank account given the price of a dram)...