Cole Burn? A Speyside distillery that has been closed for more than three decades, but luckily not entirely forgotten. So far, I only had very few bottlings of this Lost Distillery. Two, to be exact. A likewise 17-year old UA from Gordon & MacPhail, distilled in 1965, which I liked very well 3-4 years ago as part of a tasting (OBP), as well as the strong, 21yo OA from the Rare Malts series, also a really great malt , A third bottling is still on the shelf, but at a later date. Therefore, it is very interesting to see the 17yo from Cadenhead's old Authentic Collection. The fill level of the bottle has suffered a bit since its filling almost 22 years ago, which is unfortunately more common in the old green CAD bottlings, in my experience. The corks are not the best. I almost certainly expect a crumbling cork, but my prudence in solving it is rewarded with a clean, completely intact cork. Eye / nose: optically pale, light gold. White wine. First impression in the nose is the very first impression rather unspectacular. Alcohol rises. But then ... the unmistakable smell of old malts is spreading. A feeling as if one smelled freshness and age at the same time, under it fruit notes. Red apples. I love this wholly indescribable smell, which I always find slightly grassy. That can basically be just a malt to my liking. Palate: Incredibly velvety and mouth-filling. Gentle and powerful at the same time. Are these 62% ABV or 46% ABV? Feeling a bit like picking up the malt through a nebulizer, it spreads out. Madness! Great tingling sensation on the tongue, in the truest sense of the word your mouth is watering. Some oak. Still fruity, without that I would highlight concrete fruits as dominant ... but also grassy, although that should rule out the rules of fermentation actually. Finish / Conclusion: In the finish sparkling clean, nothing to criticize Mittellang. Pears, apples, a bit of lime, maybe even a hint of smoke, but really only a trace, possibly from the charring of the barrel. 17 years? This is another malt that makes me doubt that malts do not change significantly in the bottle anymore. I'm almost sure that the time, the last 21 years he has spent in the bottle since bottling, has not hurt him at least.