...and it is a bold old style Traditional whisky both in the nose and taste but with a somewhat weaker finish. Certainly not suited for modern style whisky lovers but recommended to all that want to discover the old Highland whisky style. I like it.
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a bold old-style profile with tons of waxy and floral-grassy aromas and some rather unusual notes of metals, machine oils and boot cream. It is a little punchy but the bold flavours compensate this easily. A very impressive nose, and I like it!
The taste is truly old-stylish too, with the same bold flavours on the palate as in the nose (waxy-grassy-boot leathery that are rather austere but I like it in this combo. It gets quite bitter but this is of a rather pleasant bitterness (tobacco, cold ashes). Water releases sweeter aromas in the nose (honeys, fruits) and turns the taste much smoother but flatter too - hence I like to nose this dram reduced to about 43% abv but prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).
Big oily arrival on the palate but without a sustaining coating effect, unfortunately. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but no distracting moments either except a minor drying feeling towards the end (metals) that is rather pleasant.