This bottle had a good fill level and when I took the screw cap of the inside seal was almost glued onto the bottle (a good sign)
Old blends are not for everyone but I can find no negatives with this, a quality old blend, my score will probably appear very high for malt heads but I appreciate an old blend that is well put together, just like the old Huntly blend I had from the 1940`s, and it is all about the enjoyment, not hype, price, brand, price, or anything else.
I bet very few members on here had ever heard of this bottle before let alone seen one, just an old crappy blend perhaps, hell no, it`s a winner and an indication of how good some old blends can be
Honey, toffee , a hint of lime, wood varnish, orange peel, hot buttered toast, pastry, Weetabix, fruits gums.
A positive start.
After 10 minutes in the glass Belgian waffles.
Creamy, syrupy jammy, a little spicy lips smacking, bingo :)
A little menthol comes out, hint of barley sugar with the grain evident at the back of the tongue but this is not your average vanilla high grain content blend, there is plenty of malt on show here.
Gets even creamier with time and a little more spice and some white pepper, really good balance, absolutely no bitterness.
Good medium length, the spice lingers as does the cream/buttery notes but certainly not excessive as the fruit and spice keep it in check and more importantly balanced.