21 yo (46%, OB, Glass Decanter, +/-2009)
Colour: pale gold. Nose: this one
is more polished and probably more
elegant but the general profile is
pretty close to the 1983’s.
Light, moderately fragrant, pleasantly
flowery and honeyed. More vanilla
as well, and also notes of apple pie,
strawberry pie and butterscotch, fresh
butter and just a little sawdust.
The oakiness grows bigger over time
(quite some cinnamon and a little
mint). Mouth: once again we find the
same profile as with the 1983, only
much bigger this time and rather fruitier
too, with notes of peppered pear drops,
should that exist. Gets then frankly
grassy and malty, with the oak singing
rather loud. Strong tea, Nescafé
and a little vanilla plus white pepper
and cinnamon. It’s not very
‘wide’ but there’s
good quality oak behind the whole.
Finish: medium long, the oak giving
it kind of a slight sourness. Cider
apples? Liquorice wood. Comments:
it’s not a luscious old Speysider
such as the ones that usually end
up in decanters, but it’s pleasant.
SGP:331 – 82 points.