And this is another one of these chequered North Port drams. It offers a rather austere old style profile that is not to my liking and an unpleasant cardboardy finish (which could be a cork-taint, too). Leave it for collectors and investors...
[April, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. The cardboardy finish is still annoying to my taste buds.
The colour is old gold and the nose offers an old style grassy and autumn floral profile with spices, herbs and tannins. I would say this is rather austere - do not get me wrong, it is not bad at all. But it is intellectual very challenging to identify the different aromas in there (one reminds me of old printing ink, that is banned for health reasons nowadays) and it is even more hard to really enjoy such a profile (for my olfactory cells only, remember: there is no accounting for taste).
The taste is barley sugary sweet with spices and herbs in a firm wooden setting. This is rather simple and not layered at all - but there is no flaw either. Some water releases chalky aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste without adding new flavours. More water releases additional honey aromas in the nose and no new impressions on the palate, again. But the unpleasant cardboardy finish is soothed that way (somewhat)... Nonetheless, I like the neat dram best (it got ooompf, at least).
The dram arrives hot in the mouth which is no wonder at 62% abv. After my taste buds adapted to that strength there is a fine creamy-coating feeling but a somewhat distracting drying moment of old, wet papers and used cardboards, too. The finish is rather short and adds no new impressions except that the unpleasant cardboardy-ness grows stronger towards the end what I do not like at all.