After 30 minutes in the blender glass, the question of sulfur no longer arises, because then there are only ripe, old and elgange sherry aromas as it's best and as far as I know, sulfur wasn't even used at the end of the 70s.
Such old and clean profiles are rarely found anymore, but for 3,000 euros it is of course far too one-dimensional and unsurprising. But it's very, very good and definitely worth a few hundred euros. When it comes to several thousand euros, I personally tend to think of old profiles that can no longer be found in today's whiskys (Bowmores from the 60s or 80s, Ardbeg or Brora from the 70s).
Such a whisky can hardly achieve more than 93 points for me because it is too one-dimensional and straightforward, but I'm just wondering whether that's even fair if it still tastes so good and offers so much enjoyment.
I have a slightly larger sample and will be pitting the rest of the bottle against an 18 Allardice and a 21 Parliament another day.
PS this is a whisky that can take some water making it fruitier (other aged malts get woodier as a result) but I would skip the water and enjoy it just as it was bottled.
A bit woody at first in Blenders and is that sulphur? After 30 minutes there is no more sulfur and only old aromas of leather, raisins, oak, dry plums (virtually all the old sherry aromas that I listed at the beginning of my whisky passion and that you always name with such whiskys).
The strength of this nose is the almost 52 percent and 31 years, which perfectly allow wood, distillery character and aromas to pass side by side and offer a lot of volume in the nose.
The texture is strong and distinctive, but at the same time set and soft.
The start is massive and characterized by old sherry aromas. Just introduce the classic sherry flavors of such old malts, multiply by 2 and then let the leather, the oak and especially the sweet raisin and plum flavors fill the mouth.
There aren't that many different aromas here, but I guess that old connoiseurs who open a bottle in their fireplace room and pour themselves 6cl and then refill later don't think about writing notes and identifying aromas. I am convinced that these people are doing everything right when they close their eyes and simply enjoy such a whisky.
The mouthfeel is mature, intense and elegant. The finish is long, of course it is long and clean. Again one-dimensional, but still ingeniously good without surprise. But I don't need a surprise with such a mouthfeel.