The colour is burnished and the texture shows slow fat legs and a sticky ring at the top of the glass that very, very late transforms into still sticky tears. The nose is ... simply fantastic! Dozens of different aromas join to form a very complex and delicate profile of fruits, honeys, grasses, spices and peaty as well as sherry (dark chocolate) flavours in an adorable mix. Of course, there are some OBFs, too. A nose to explore for hours (or simply to enjoy). The initial mouthfeel is instantly coating and warming with a minor adstringent feeling (metallic) that in this case is rather nice than annoying. The taste is multi-layered as is the nose, with a wide array of flavours in a close-to-perfection balance. It is all in there that a whisky connoisseur usually goes for: fruits (oranges), sherry, peat, spices, barley sugars and and and... Unfortunately, the finish is of medium length only and one has to re-sip quite often to keep this fabulous taste alive. But no distracting moment in there that disturbs the perfect harmony. Water releases even more aromas and flavours - but to be honest: It is a sacrilege to dilute this beauty.
Oooh, how I love these old HP's in their green dumpies. Compare this stuff to most of today's completely overpriced new releases and you will know for sure where to put your money (if you plan to spend a hell of bucks on excellent whiskies)... Great dram, simply irresistable!