..but because of its quality and unique profile too. Great they (re)produce this almost forgotten old Highland style at Glengyle again so anyone who wants to discover the whisky styles of the past does not have to pay hundreds (or even thousands) of bucks for collector's bottles of long-gone distilleries. This release reminds me a little of old North Port or Glen Mhor drams (the better ones, as there were quite a lot of sub-standard releases too as with any lost distillery).
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a grassy-floral-honeyed profile which smells very old-stylish (and indeed more of the Highlands than from Campbeltown). After some breathing these old-style impressions grow even stronger with beautiful waxy notes, chalk, resins and herbal aromas. Wow, what a difference to all these modern uniform and marketing-streamlined "hit-and-run" releases of the big groups: This nose impresses through its complexity and subtleness - so shy away if you are in whisky for the quick and heavy spikes only.
The taste is about the same old-style profile with tons of waxes, oils, herbs and other florals which create an interesting amalgam of flavours together with the ever-present barley sugars and spices of the wood. This is heaven for the old-style connoisseurs and unchartered territory for many modern drinkers, most probably - but it is worth an exploration (I guarantee).
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more waxes and some bitter tannins which drive the end of the finish a little out of balance without getting annoying. Some water releases interesting oily aromas in the nose and turns the taste a little punchier, which stays there even a a bigger reduction. So I clearly prefer the neat dram, but the somewhat reduced nose is worth a try (because of the fine oily aromas).