Nose: Very nice sherry, with honey, plum jam, wax, candied orange peel, apricots and raisins. Fresh and vegetal notes also as often found in these old Speysides: menthol, eucalyptus. Not the most complex nor the most spectacular I have ever seen, but very elegant and fine, with a nice balance. It is a good swimmer: the water brings out all the aromas with more clarity, with the added bonus of vanilla, apricots in syrup.
Palate: Powerful from the onset, with great vivacity, and still a lot of freshness for a malt of this age. More fruit than nose, candied apricots and oranges in mind. Eucalyptus too. Alcohol is still present ... but it is swimming well! The water makes it more greedy, also showing tart notes (orange juice). The wood frames without crushing.
Finish: Long, fruity and fresh, orange mixed with eucalyptus essential oil. The tannins are present but never take over.
Very beautiful old Speyside, still alive despite his age. Not the level of the best Glen Grant, but it should be choosy to not appreciate it.