...and I do not care at all about this, finally. This is another excellent old blend from long-gone times which is simply delicious to sip. The profile is very different to the one I tried last (WB id 76706) with less fruits and more waxes, oils and herbs which indicates a very old Highland style - so it well can be distilled during the thirties. I did not find any significant peat-induced impressions so if there is Ardbeg in this recipe than the quantity was rather small (or the 30+years old Ardbeg from the thirties owned no significant peat flavours anymore). But hey, this is liquid history and it is a privilege to taste such drams more than 50 years after they were created and more than 80 years after they were distilled. Hats off to all the men (and women) who were involved into that!
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a very old Highland style with lots of grassy-floral, honeyed, herbal, oily and waxy aromas in a well-balanced mix. This nose is very complex, let it breathe for at least 30 minutes and it will reveal a lot of hidden secrets. The fruits take their time to show up but after 15 minutes the first dare to enter the spotlight and they grow stronger upon oxidation. No off-note or imbalance, this blend was carefully composed.
The taste is complex and layered again on an old-style Highland profile with tons of adorable waxes, herbs and resins which are hard to find in any modern dram. Again, the fruits are rather shy (compared to WB id 76706) but they add delicious flavours if you spare the patience to search for them in the different layers. No flaw or imbalance in the taste either - the master blender did a brilliant job back in 1965 (or whenever this dram was created).
The initial mouthfeel is warming with some peppery moments and an average coating effect I would say. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the spicy-herbal side of the dram which is an interesting twist. It gets a little drying towards the end but this is no major deal. And Bora is right, there are some notes which remind me of very old cognac (which I adore as well). Water is not needed.