...and this one is excellent too. The nose is a little more shy but the taste is even better, this is perfect distilled spirit matured in a high-quality refill cask. And it displays the long-gone (old-style) Highland profile of Coleburn at its best. Great stuff of the past, but it requires an open mind to be enjoyed by modern drinkers (and patience as well as as good splash of water).
The colour is pale straw and the nose is very shy due to the high abv which I guessed already (because of my experience with the sister bottling). I do not think it makes sense to explore this dram neat that is why add some water and the dram opens up greatly. Delicious home-grown fruits pop-up (red apples, pears) beside the trademark old-style grassy-waxy notes Coleburn is famous for. I guess most modern drinkers find this rather unimpressive but I adore these aromas - hey, this is malt (spirit-driven) and neither liquid wood nor high-proof wine. It takes quite some time to fully enfold so do not rush the nosing, and add a fair share of water.
The taste is complex and layered all on old-style malt-driven flavours of fruits, waxes, honeys, oils, herbs and spices. A style which is extinct for decades already, sadly. The wood is just about right to provide a backing structure but it lets the malt shine greatly. This is what whisky is all about (I cannot state this often enough: traditional whisky never was driven by excessive wooden or winey impressions, these were invented by modern marketeers and controllers because it takes much longer and is more costly to create a spirit-driven profile instead of a "woodsky" or "winesky").
Th initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats all parts of my mouth with a creamy, silky texture - wow, this is really good! No distracting bitter or drying moments, this is excellent spirit (it was the same with the sister bottling). The finish is long and some of the flavours now combine to a tasty impression of milk chocolate, I like that. Again no bitter or drying wooden notes, what a nice cask! Water is absolutely essential on the nose and it turns the taste smoother hence (even) more quaffable. But it is less interesting to explore so I suggest to investigate this dram neat first and then add a fair share of water to enhance the drinking pleasure.