1 of only 173 bottles from cask no. 39
Only the 2nd time that we have bottled a whisky at this extreme age. Normally you would expect the wood to have taken over, but this has retained a perfect balance. Polished antique oak: very deep amber with no beading due to the low, natural alcohol strength. A first nose of ‘grog’ (taken from the nickname for Admiral Vernon C1749 who wore a coat of grogram – silk mixed with coarse wool – and introduced the idea of diluting rum with water and citrus juices to prevent scurvy amongst the British navy). It soon becomes more perfumed (face cream, make up remover), with butterscotch sauce and cigarette box (Virginia tobacco). Then, baked apples, with waxy skins, stuffed with over-ripe strawberries, and a dod of cream. The waxy note becomes furniture polish in time, with dark fudge in the development. A light sweetness to taste, with a scented middle and a relatively short finish, leaving an aftertaste of sugared almonds. A truly magnificent old whisky that rewards long contemplation to release the constantly developing flavours.