...and this dram did not change my legacy with Glenugie. It owns a truly complex and very interesting old style Highland malt profile that I absolutely adore (compared to the rather simple modern "designed" whiskies). No, it is not spectacular but it is very, very interesting and enjoyable!
Take your time with such a dram and never have it when you are in a hurry. And shy away all you "Oompf" and "Give-me-that-thrill!" lovers, this dram is for old style drinkers only!
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a little shy and punchy impression first that quickly turns into a traditional Highland style after some time of breathing. There are all the trademark honey-waxy-fruity aromas together with fine spices, oils and some hints of peat. The longer it breathes the richer this nose enfolds - after five minutes it gets truly impressive. Some fine floral notes join in as do shy herbal-haystack aromas. Hey, this is truly old style and very impressive...
...as is the taste, too! I guess this style of whisky is not produced anymore since the last whisky crisis of the early eighties which is a shame because it is both interesting and very enjoyable. A lot of unusual flavour components that are hard to name join the traditional ones in a fascinating mix - forget about the modern two-dimensional "designed" whiskies with their cheap thrills. This is a complex and truly multi-faceted profile that never gets boring (e.g., after 15 minutes of intense exploration all of a sudden an adorable chocolatey flavour pops up right out of nowhere)...
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and extends on that tasty chocolatey flavour and more spices. Hey, who does not like spiced chocolate? There is a minor-minor drying cardboardy moment towards the end that most drinkers will not recognise anyhow, I guess. Water releases more chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste, I like this dram both neat and a little reduced to about 46% abv.