...and to be honest: I can not comprehend the hype around this completely overpriced dram. Because it is old and it was produced in a long-gone distillery does not make up an excellent dram, automatically. This whisky spent way too long in its cask and hence got very oaky-bitter-astringent. But even without this flaw the underneath profile is by no means comparable to the great old drams of the past (like mid-sixties Bowmore, Laphroaig or Springbank). To state it clearly: As a drinker I would not spent more than 100 (one hundred) Euro on a bottle of such quality - and even that is due to the nice nose only. No, this is not a joke!
[January, 2019] I re-tasted the second half of my 4cl sample tonight simply to check that my taste buds were not corrupted when I did the first review. The oak is not that strong as it was during the first taste but still it is way too bitter-astringent for my taste buds. This time there is an unpleasant cardboardy-ness (old woods) during all of the still unimpressive finish. Tonight I score this dram three points higher on the taste (the wooden notes are not that dominant anymore) and two points lower on the finish (extremely cardboardy) - but as usual I leave the scores as they were with the first impression.
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate old-stylish profile that is both fruity (bananas) and bready-waxy. A quite unusual combo that is very interesting. After some breathing many more aromas are released what could be expected from such an old gem. It gets more chalky-mineral over time while the fruitiness vanishes. This is a very fine and interesting nose but to be honest: It is not extraordinary (according to my olfactory cells)...
Serge stated "this one should have gotten too oaky ages ago but it's just utterly magnificent". I state "this one got too oaky ages ago, period!" and a good friend adds after he tried it "this tastes like fresh wood shavings that incidentally enter your mouth when cutting trees" (he worked as a lumberjack for several years). Okay, tastes are very different and I acknowledge others find this one excellent (at least they score it that way) - but on my taste buds all the nice flavours are buried underneath tons of heavy (bitter) tannins. Water releases more aromas in the nose but it increases the bitter wooden notes too, unfortunately. I like the neat dram better.
The dram arrives rather unimpressive on the palate with neither a warming nor a coating feeling but loads of bitter-astringent tannins. Hey, this is not enjoyable at all! The finish is of medium length and stays bitter-astringent until the very end. Again I can sense very fine flavours underneath the oak but how can one enjoy these while chewing freshly-cut oak all the time...