The 12th release of the highly-prized ?lost? Islay single malt was distilled in
1979 and matured in refill American Oak and refill European Oak casks. The nose
majors in maritime notes, with sweet peat, leather, a whiff of chlorine, damp
earth and cashew nuts. Becoming sweeter and more floral with time. Brine and
coal dust initially on the slightly woody palate, with fruit, vanilla and more
leather appearing in time. The finish features bonfire smoke, fabric plasters
and finally dries very emphatically, A very good veteran dram, but last year?s
1978 bottling had greater overall charm.