‘Complex and brilliant’
Sometimes at whisky festivals a dream dram gets you a 1cl dribble in your misty, fingerprint laden glass. Other times you get a little lucky and find 4cl of quality malt poured neatly into a sample bottle to take home and pontificate over. In light of this good fortune, lets begin.
N: Is this acetone? - an amazing likeness! This is a large and abundant, floral and fruity one displaying fruit cocktails abound, tropical fruit juice, peaches, plums, mango, papaya, lilies, pansies, honeysuckle, also some pound cake, clay like maltiness with plaster of Paris, vanilla cream sponge and a delicate yet flowing banana caramel or light banoffee meringue if you will. Its the enormity of the nose that empresses the most, with bold clarity existing within. Balblair 1978 [which i have alongside and isn’t far removed in profile to the Legacy] is utterly over-shadowed in the face of this fruity, floral powerhouse. A perfect nose
T: Unexpected sour arrival, quickly becoming a dry, fruity [fab bar] malt,…. and then drier, yet more salivating as it opens up before then condensing. Salty now with ginger, cinnamon and other aromatic spices [cardamon, nigella, amchoor powder] and much [bourbon cask] candy overtones. It culminates in a swirling/complex maltiness that’s hard to pin down.
F: Did i say opens up? It now feels like it shrunk,… and yet it becomes like treacle with grand oak notes, vintage cognac/Grand Marnier and some Irish cream. Condenses further, reduced to a salt malt.
C: That’s complex and brilliant, I’ve never had a whisky like it. Its not what id call ‘satisfying’ yet it is totally intriguing however.
Scores an A
Further reading: WF // WM90 // atw