This is the highest rated dram (97 points) in my books so far and I doubt this will change tonight with all the great memories that come up with it. If you can spare the money you should keep a bottle of the favourite drams of your loved ones (and best friends) just to ease the pain if you loose them. Or even better: Share this bottle with them in a precious moment and keep a sample for the calamity that hopefully never happens...
The colour is auburn (what is very dark for a bourbon cask maturation) and the texture shows many small tears that slowly consolidate and build slow legs. The nose is a miracle in itself: I guess it is easier to tell the fruits that are NOT in there than the other way around. It is fresh and bold and one of the most complex I encountered so far (not just fruits, there are hints of peaty smoke, spices and herbs too).
The taste is truly multi-layered on all these delicious fruits with barley sugars and honeys, spicy wooden notes, fine peaty-smokey flavours and some maritime aromas. You can chew this dram forever and still you will find something new. Water is not needed (it is a sacrilege to dilute this dram)!
The dram arrives very charming in the mouth and instantly coats the whole of it with a creamy and slightly peppery feeling. Despite the 40 years in an oak cask there are no bitter tannins or astringent moments at all. The finish is very long and extends this beautiful taste into eternity. No distracting moments, all is in perfect balance and harmony. Some more spices pop up while all the fruits stay as strong as they were in the first taste. Really adorable!