Full-bodied, mature yet graceful. There’s a distinct oiliness to begin with sitting alongside cedar/hinoki, light incense and a little dried apricot. A green, herbal element (chervil and sweet cicely) then lifts off, before we bed down in wax polish, red apples and soft orchard fruit. The richness of age is on show here – beautifully balanced, layered and complex. It encourages watering so it can show off more resinous elements. Savoury, exotic, with scented woods. Sophisticated.
There seems to be a tickle of smoke, but the palate is dominated by super-ripe fruits – both hedgerow and tropical. There’s light grip but the waxiness keeps any tannic attack well at bay. As with the nose, water is welcome, adding a further dimension and an increase in spice.
Ripe tropical fruits with the slight dustiness of age – and a hint of wood ash. Remains highly complex.
Some (but not many) old whiskies take you into a different flavour world. This has that quality. That’s what 46 years in refill can do. Relaxed, complex, layered.
Right place, right time
Night time, sprinkled by Stardust…