This is a wonderful old style and somewhat unique whisky that is not produced anymore since decades, unfortunately. It would be great if one of the newly build distilleries goes for such a style but I doubt that anyone still knows how this can be produced. So we have to savour these old drams as long as they are still available...
The colour is pale gold and the texture shows just a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass with very late tears and slow legs. The nose is very rich and complex on autumn floral and green fruits aromas within a barley sugary sweet and spicy wooden framework. Nicely balanced and impressive to explore but somewhat unique, too. Certainly not a dram for rookies.
The taste is layered on a lot of different flavours, that is what I call a great complexity. And all in perfect harmony with no flaws that I can find. Some water opens the nose even further and smoothes down the taste but I like the power of the neat dram better. Be careful not to add too much water as the dram flattens quickly.
The initial mouthfeel is creamy, warming and immediately coating, really excellent! The finish is long, adds some delicious chocolatey and kippery flavours (really!) and is a little drying on bitter tannins but not in an unpleasant way.