A really nice and refined mango-oak, the nose of a good ageing. Sweet with tropical fruits, kiwi, passion, orange, lemonrind. Maple syrup and fresh leather, just brilliant. This is in the same spheres as the legendary 1972 Caperdonichs. Then a layer of fresh mocha, jägermeister with lemon and ice, ice-latte and Granny Smith. Saddle-leather and stables. The nose is just amazing.
Some leathery savouriness, fresh tropical fruit, coffee, maple syrup, clams, oysters, mussels. Goes on to the side of herb-liquers, some chalk, owen-bakes apples and roasted nuts.
Long, leathery, malty with baked fruits. Nutty. Delicious.
Superb quality, but some water is needed to bring out the best of it.
Tasted with Linkwood 22yo 1972 RM (92 pts.) and Speyside Region 40yo 1975 Sb (93).
Old, old wood and a fair bit of varnish. It noses almost like a high strength cognac, with a bit of turpentine, and a faint glueish note along with ripe tropical fruit. I get these old bourbon vibes, but it could be just the long maturation rather than the cask. Water makes the oak and the fruit louder, and balances it out with some vanilla, sugar and wax.
Velvety, even body and a sweeter taste than I'd expect from the nose. Old furniture and wax, and an all-pervading tropical fruitiness. Some water seems to be called for, because it removes sharpness and clear alcohol notes, while opening the fruitiness up even more. I don't think I've said 'fruit' enough so to be frank the complex, rich, ripe tropical juice mix is the commanding note, and it isn't every day I come across something so delicious and memorable.
Mouth-coating, drying on account of a fair share of elderly tannins, and with a lot of liquorice and some herbs.
To me, the 37-year-old is the winner of this “trilogy” (especially on the nose) and beats this 43-year-old. An average rating of 93+ for this 43-year-old is overrated in my opinion. It’s good of course but not in the 93 points league.