I loved the 40yo from two years ago (WF 92), let’s hope this baby will
be in the same vein… Colour: amber. Nose: this is much punchier than the
Dalmore, less delicately floral and fruity and rather more mineral and
even a tad metallic (in a great way). Most interestingly, it smells a
bit like some great whisky that would have spent many years in bottles.
Develops on marzipan, a little leather, orange zests, old cognac, then
whiffs of old wardrobe, unlit cigar, ham, maybe a little cardboard, old
wine cellar, soot, aluminium (or mess tin…) I like this nose a lot but
the palate might be trickier (with this kind of nose)… Mouth: no, this
palate is lovely. Sure it’s not quite as complex as the nose – as almost
always with these very old whiskies - but the ‘feeling’ is excellent,
rich yet very elegant, beautifully spicy, smoky and earthy, with also
these metallic touches once again, mushrooms (morels, yeah, yeah) and
then more tropical notes. Mango chutney, bananas flambéed (with rum,
obviously), tinned pineapples… There’s also a little beeswax, then more
black pepper and chilli… In fact, it’s quite complex on the palate as
well! Finish: fairly long, a tad drier now, as always, a little
leathery, grassy… And unexpectedly mustardy. Orange zests as well.
Comments: great. Same very high quality as the 40yo and no excessive
woodiness whatsoever. SGP:561 - 92 points.