Glenallachie 39 yo 1971/2010 (51.2%, The Perfect Dram, bourbon hogshead, 160 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: as expected, it’s the opposite of the 35yo, all on flowers and fresh fruits. The ‘youthness’ is amazing here and it’s not at all the same kind of ‘youth’ that one can find in young whisky. It’s very complex, like a huge fruit salad (one cannot not think of old Benriachs here), with notes of ripe pears, bananas (not the rummy flambéed kind), guavas, mangos, cut apples, papayas… Yet, it’s not ‘tropical’ either. A walk in an orchard in the end of August (where quite some wild flowers grow as well.) Touches of toasted brioche and warm orange cake. Mouth: yeah! I think it’s a perfect example of a good cask that was probably rather inactive and that let the spirit slowly age and become really complex after… a lot of time. Very nice notes of bananas flambéed (this time!), lemon pie, apple compote, high-end pear eau-de-vie (Swiss Williams… oaky, okay, or German or Alsatian) ad just traces of bubblegum, which comes as a surprise after 39 years. Works well! The mouth feel is perfect and so is the strength, I feel no need to add water to this one. Finish: long, with the tannins showing up a bit now (green tea) but it’s all fine. Comments: typical youngish old malt whisky. Melikes this style even if it’s totally un-commercial. Who said it’s refreshing? Very different but of the very same high quality as the sherried 35yo, and more to my liking than the recent 1972 by the same excellent bottler. SGP:641 - 90 points.