Part of a signatory anniversary tasting lineup.
My ranking for the lineup is:
1. Port Ellen 35
2. Cragganmore 33
2. Ben Nevis 27
4. Bunnahabhain 40
5. Mortlach 27
6. Glenlossie 33
Of course if you’re a drinker, you’re much better off to avoid paying double for packaging and buy a different release. These are for collectors.
I see I’m going against the grain here, but I will double down and say that I can usually handle a lot of oak, but this is simply too much and puts the dram completely out of balance. Some very cool notes, but this is not about distillery character at all. The cask dominates.
Edit: I just read a user said the oaky bitter note dissipates with some air time in the bottle. My sample was from a fresh bottle at a tasting, so take that for what it’s worth.
Starts off great, old notes of lacquer, worn leather, plaster, marzipan, turbinado sugar, walnuts, black tea, paprika
It’s starts to go a little sideways here. Clove, nutmeg, oversteeped black tea, antique wood, cherry, allspice
Powerful, huge tannins, drying, very long and very drying. Loses balance.