Nose: Instantly old-fashioned, with a balanced blend of tart citrus notes, such as grapefruit, bitter oranges and lemons, and intense minerality, waxiness and pronounced alcohol. Yes, it closes completely, water opens it clearly, even if this effect takes a lot of time. Well, you should not be in a hurry with that. Over time, however, it becomes more open, and the coast-toned character is now revealed, salt, seaweed, chalk, but also the fruitiness differentiates a bit now, mango, star fruit, reminds me quite well of a dry Sauvignon.
Mouth: Also here water? Yes absolutely! Strong, surprisingly sweet, given the rather dry nose, clear vanilla and lots of honey! Otherwise, here again this beautiful mixture of light, tart fruit and intense minerality and fine herbs. Tasty, but a bit unspectacular perhaps.
Finish: Long, noble, citrusy, mineral, with some green tea and fine bitter notes.
Conclusion: A very nice, old stylish malt, which definitely needs time and water to fully open. That certain something is missing but why I prefer the 1968-he!