1st: 1968 Ardmore 20yr Signatory dumpy (6439) 94pts
2nd: 1977 Bladnoch 23yr (273) 92pts
2nd: Dalmore 20yr bottled 1960s (39949) 92pts
4th: 1992 Clynelish 26yr Hidden Spirits (125978) 90pts
5th: Ainslie’s 12yr bottled 1960s? (64557) 88pts
6th: 1974 Ledaig private cask 27yr 87pts
7th 1974 Caol Ila 21yr Signatory dumpy (38207) 78pts
Serge, god bless him, effectively sent this malt into the abyss with a little WF94... I actually laughed when I tasted it, because it is totally what Serge would love, and not necessarily what everyone else will... the cask may as well have been stainless steel. It is about as pure as you’re likely to find a 26 year old malt. Pure distillate, wort, yeast, crystal clear barley sugars, citrusy to very citrusy. Limes especially, but lemons also. Ideas of green olives. Aloe Vera, transparent smoke, limestone, slate and honeysuckle concentrate, mint oil. On the Clynelish wax scale it’s not a 10/10... I only find it moderately waxy. I say 6/10 waxy. The wax is paraffin. Distillery on display. No, it’s very good, complex and quite interesting, but nerdy. No it’s very nerdy. Any newbie that drops 1K£...I’d love to see their face as they drink it. I like it a lot, but its not necessarily in my flavour wheelhouse.