The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows medium fast legs and tears. The nose is very fruity on lots of berries (cassis, blackberries - like old Bowmores), raisins, prunes in an old style sherry profile with leathery and furniture polish notes. Some significant wooden aromas too, that support the guess for much older casks. It arrives in the mouth creamy and nicely coating with some adstringent feelings from heavier tannins. The taste is truly multi-layered with notes of cherries, herbs, toffee, liquorice, pipe tobacco and sandalwood besides the dominant old style sherry profile. The finish is medium to long and sticks nicely to the mouth but not to the throat (yes, the oiliness is not that fat...). More spicy flavours pop up now (peppers, ginger, a hint of salt) that are very welcomed. Some water releases more aromas both in the nose and on the palate and it takes away the slight adstringent mouthfeel. But it flattens the dram, too. Nonetheless, I like it both ways: neat and reduced by some drops of water.
Given the flavours and aromas profile of this dram I guess there is a significant share of Glen Grant, Longmorn and Strathisla in this vat. Maybe some casks of Macallan and Glenfarclas too, but I am not so sure about that (like I am sure about the first guess). Nevertheless, a flabbergasting vat and a perfect example of pre-sixties malts at their best. Well done, Gordon&MacPhail (40 years ago)!