...and it is very fine, actually. No signs of a crisis in there but a complex and flawless old-style profile which is very interesting to explore and delicious to quaff. Sometimes it reminds me of old bourbon-cask matured Glenfarclas but if it is from the Highland region my best guess is Ben Nevis. But Ben Nevis usually allows IBs to use its name...so given the profile it could be a Tomatin too.
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a lush old-style profile with adorable fruits, honeys, waxes and autumn floral impressions. All nicely balanced without any off-note, the wood is rather shy for a 36 years maturation but provides enough backing to the delicate spirit-driven aromas. After some breathing the fruits retreat somewhat and more old-style impressions pop up. Among them earthy notes (forest floor), dunnage warehouse, olive oil and more waxes. I like this complex and interesting profile which reminds me a little of old Glenfarclas Family Casks from the same period (early eighties) and age (35+years). By the way, there is a huge difference between the nose out of a standard Glencairn glass and the big spherical blender‘s glass I use (in favour of the latter).
The taste is nicely layered on sweet fruits, honeys and molten sugars in a tasty bitter-sour sauce made up of waxes, tobacco leaves and vegetable oils. Again, this is pretty old-stylish and guess what - I like it! After some chewing delicious spices and some shy herbs join in while the wood does a great job to provide structure without dominating. Water releases chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and more fruits on the palate, actually I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.
The dram arrives very charming on the palate with a warming and creamy texture without distracting bitter or astringent moments. No signs of over-aging at all, this was a perfect cask for such a long maturation (most probably a second or third refill). The finish is long and adds more waxy-oily and sugary notes that are delicious. Again no bitter or drying moments but a fine chewable texture, just a minor cardboardy note towards the very end which is not distracting. A great pick by Dino!