Glen Garioch 40 yo 1971/2011 (43.9%, OB for The Whisky Exchange, cask #2038, 194 bottles) Colour: light gold. Nose: yes, that’s the style. This very peculiar peatiness that we already had in many GGs from the 1960s. A kind of mineral peat, so to speak (dear botanists, don’t shoot!) There’s also a Laphroaiggy medicinal side (bandages, embrocations) and a rather Ardbeggian sooty tarriness. Behind all that Islayness, more linseed oil and lemon zest, some paraffin, whiffs of wet wool (or your tweed jacket under the rain) and hay. Quite a presence despite the relatively low strength. Great nose! Mouth: the peat is very vivid yet again, but it’s rather smoother and rounder, coated with lemon marmalade and grapefruits. Then we have that medicinal side again, cough syrup, eucalyptus, a little wormwood, salmiak, maybe touches of genever… Definitely old style and oh-so lovable. Finish: quite long, just as peaty, with a salty tang and a waxy/peppery signature. Comments: lovely, as expected – and despite the low strength. Or because of the low strength? It’s true that Glen Garioch+1971 sounds like The Beatles+1965. Just ask signor Samaroli. SGP:456 - 92 points.