Glen Mhor 30 yo 1967/1997 (60.1%, Gordon & MacPhail, 30th Anniversary of Barmetro, 199 bottles)
Colour: deep amber. Nose: yes this is beautiful Highland-born sherried malt. Very complex right at first nosing, going simultaneously in three main direction: coffee/chocolate, meat/animal and tea/leather. But I can’t tell you more because of the high strength. With water: oh yes, it’s a procession. Leather, walnuts, coal smoke, sage, cardamom, old amontillado, dried beef, whiffs of horse sweat, cocoa, hare belly, curry... Fantastic with water (and I’ll spare you the hundreds of other aromas any trained nose may find in this beauty.) Mouth (neat): a good example of heavy dry sherry meeting a rather savage whisky from the northern Highlands. Chocolate, kirsch, smoked ham, something resinous... But at 60%, water is really needed. With water: simpler than on the nose but perfectly balanced, orangey, lemony, candied, spicy (cloves), herbal (coriander)... Exceptional complexity, but don’t forget to add water to this one. Finish: very long, sweeter, lively (fructose) and fresher than expected. Superb selection by Mr Giorgio D’Ambrosio - an encyclopaedia of aromas and flavours indeed.