Tasting Notes by Whiskyfun.com (November 9, 2012):
Nose: we’re really walking in the forest after a heavy autumnal rain. Moss, fern, mushrooms, damp earth, wild flowers (foxgloves? Never mind…) and then these metallic notes that work so well, sometimes. Around grandpa’s old toolbox… Very different and very beautiful so far. With water: it gets even more different. More old tools, a pot of old rusty nails, gooseberries, cured ham, sparkling mineral water and just whiffs of lilies (not as heady as lilies).
Mouth (neat): superb! It’s very much alike the 1970 (ie : Mosstowie 28 yo 1970/1998, 59.6%, Cadenhead, Chairman's Stock, bourbon barrel, 198 bottles; SGP:471 - 85 points), only smoother, almost silky despite the power. Yellow chartreuse, figs, cough medicine, rose water, beeswax… In fact it’s very tertiary. Ah well… With water: maybe not the best swimmer ever, becomes a little disjointed and watery (even at +/-45% vol.) but who needs water!
Finish: medium long, fresher. Pistachio ice cream, cinnamon and touches of fresh coriander and sorrel.
Comments: lovely and very unusual (which is lovely as such). It’s got something of some very old Irish, in a way.
SGP:451 - 88 points.