...e.g., like this one. It is a wonderful old-style malt in the best tradition of Scotch that tastes like a condensed version of the most delicious old Ballantine's blends (this is a huge compliment!). No flaw, no off-note, no imbalance but a rich, complex and very interesting mix of aromas and flavours. But shy away all you modern style whisky lovers - this dram requires both time and effort to enjoy it...
The colour is pale gold and I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose this dram. The profile offers an interesting and delicious mix of aromas with fine exotic fruits and overripe peaches, a delicious herbal-spicy note with more than ten different aromas (I guess) and a fat oily-waxy impression. After some breathing very interesting floral aromas join in with both summer and autumn flowers. There are hints of manuka honey as well as machine oils and freshly polished old leather. This is very complex, nicely balanced and completely old-stylish without any off-note, simply great! I like it very much. By the way, out of a standard Glencairn glass this nose is a little less exceptional, I would rate it 91 points only.
The taste is layered on exotic and home-grown fruits with molten barley sugars first followed by herbal-waxy impressions with a hint of smoke. Next are olive oils and pine needles before a tasty milk chocolatey flavour pops up. The wood adds some spices but stays shy in the background like the rhythm section in a rock band. Hey, this is a close to perfection mix of flavours in the best Scotch malt tradition. It is a pleasure to chew and explore this dram for minutes.
The initial mouthfeel is very charming and without any distracting moments. It covers instantly all of the mouth with a creamy and warming coating that I like. The finish is long and turns back to the first tasting impression of ripe fruits, great! Again there are no distracting bitter or drying moments until the very end of the finish, this dram was bottled at the perfect time. Water releases more grassy and herbal aromas in the nose and turns the taste flatter, I like the neat dram best.