...and it does. Even to me as a pure malt head these Methusalem Invergordon are a real treat both interesting to explore and enjoyable to quaff. Keep on, Mr. Grain!
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a rather shy profile compared to the previous bottlings. It demands quite some time to open up and after 15-20 minutes a delicate and subtle aromas mix enfolds. The typical grainy notes are in balance with spicy wooden and fruity-floral aromas. No off-notes that I can find but I am afraid many drinkers do not have the patience to wait until this nose enfolds and hence will be somewhat disappointed because of its shy profile. So take your time with this dram...
...which is true for the taste as well. Chew it for a while to unlock all the flavours, it is worth it. The vanilla and barley sugars are supported by delicious fruits and spices, all in a balanced setting. It does not own the power of other grains instead it shows some kind of dignity and understatement. To be honest, I like this better than the punchy profiles that go for the quick impressions only (but often lack substance and variety).
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting bitter or drying moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more vanilla and sugars, again without any bitterness from the woods. This was a rather inactive (leached) cask but due to the long maturation time it created a subtle and interesting dram. Water opens up the nose and smoothes the taste with even more sweet flavours but finally I like the neat dram better (because it is more interesting).