A-ma-zing. To think Strathisla used to distill something so brutally industrial in profile is incredible. This really is bottled history, one could "taste the whole industrial revolution" (as a friend said) when taking their time with this dram. You just don't make them like that anymore.
Sweet god, this is incredible. Extreme waxiness and empyreumatic smells. All the smells in a dirty garage turned to eleven. Enormous OBE feeling. There's some very slight sulfur-like impression that just fits the context perfectly. The dirty waxiness/greasiness is just amazing, and is nowhere to be found these days. It can be found in some Craigellachies on occasion, like the benchmark SMWS 44.53, which this dram reminds me of. But even better. The fatty register carries on, with peanut butter, teak oil, cashews, this is hallucinating. Rubbed coins, an avalanche of mettalic OBE-laden smells. The wood influence is very integrated and well mastered, with some high end curry paste.
It is almost impossible to believe this thing is 43%. It is just so present ! Motor oil and greases all-sorts, huge dirty wax again, there's some manure as well, some slight acrid smoke (from wet newspapers), peanuts, a feeling of a very old metal biscuit box.
Very fresh, full of industrial greases and waxes again. When we were in Peru, there was some sweet tamales peruanos on the street that smelled incredibly waxy and industrial with something floral as well, and this smelled exactly like SMWS 44.53. This one is close from that as well.