Ladyburn 37 yo 1974/2011 'Rare Ayrshire' (52.1%, Van Wees, The Ultimate, bourbon, cask #2604, 155 bottles) We’re approaching our 10th Ladyburn, hurray! (hold your horses, S.) Sadly I can't remember if Ladybrun was triple distilled or not. Colour: gold. Nose: cask-aged pina colada, more or less. So bananas and coconut, then rather a lot of vanilla, meringue, apple pie and white chocolate. Also touches of sweet oak as such, but it’s not planky at all. In a way, it’s well the Auchentoshan with more age, and possibly from a slightly more active bourbon barrel. With water: it’s really amazing how close to the Auchentoshan we got, this one has just got more vanilla. Maybe melons and peaches as well. Mouth (neat): very same profile, that is to say that of some ‘cask strength’ pina colada. Bananas and coconut plus a little cinnamon and white pepper from the oak, but even after 37 years, it did not get too oaky. There’s quite a lot of vanilla, though. With water: perfect. Jelly babies all over the place plus sponge cake and just touches of oak spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Only very minor flaw, it’s maybe a little lactic, kind of. Must be the American oak. Finish: not that long but very fruity. More a fruit salad than sweets this time. Comments: typical Lowlands style, with an amazing freshness after all these years. Some very good wood must have been involved at some point. But will this be the last Ladyburn we’ll ever try? Could well be, sob sob sob…SGP:641 - 87 points.