Many thanks to an extremely generous friend for the sample. I think we were both speechless nearly the entire time this was tried. There is a quality to this dram that simply doesn't exist anymore. Whether it's due to the old school production methods and better quality casks, or decades of bottle effect, or a combination of both, the result is one of the most perfect whiskies I've ever tasted.
It's a mango explosion. Mango juice, overripe mango, guava juice, passion fruit juice, a slight saltiness that is something between a coastal ocean brine or prosciutto. The smoke is incredible mellowed, and so sweet! Caramel candy, caramel latte, and lightly smouldering sweet grasses. It became chocolatey after about half an hour.
One for the ages, that much is certain!