To describe this nose in great detail would go beyond the scope of many things.
Rather closed without water, the alcohol hides some things. After half an hour open in the glass it opens, beeswax and floor wax, hot apple pie with vanilla sauce. Fruit compote.
With 2ml of water it opens even further, now the nose is a lot of fun. Old desk, some pine resin, herbs.
4ml of water and we enter cognac territory with a fruit basket (local and exotic fruits), the smell of old teak furniture and old cypress.
Very sharp and closed without water,
Light citrus fruit with water, wax, honey, quince, the oak is present, but not dominant. Slightly resinous, fennel, herbs.
Some liquorice (Dutch), candied apples. Black and green tea.
The mouthfeel is still incredibly oily even with 4ml, almost as if you could chew the whisky.
This is by no means one of those long matured whiskys that are great on the nose and break down on the tongue.
The high level is maintained.
Medium length, here a little more oak, but still a lot of fruit, wax, menthol.
Great whisky, the marginal dates were somehow absurd (62.4% at 47 years?), But the result was completely successful.
Happy Birthday, Gordon & Macphail, a bottling like this is of course great for celebrating such an anniversary.