...and I wish I had more than that. This is a benchmark old highland style dram with all the fine characteristics the malts of the fifties and early sixties owned. A style that is not produced anymore since the seventies, unfortunately.
The colour is old gold and the nose offers an old highland style sherry maturation profile with these adorable aromas you smell when entering a dunnage warehouse, I like such impressions! There are shy fruits, waxes in abundance, some herbs (camphor) and traditional sherry notes, of course. Later it turns more chalky-mineral with delicious exotic fruits breaking through. There is much more to detect, for sure, but this sample is too tiny for a long investigation...
The taste is another old highland style classic with lots of fruits, waxes, oils, some bitter tea and molten sugars. Too sad this style is not produced any more since decades and I guess some modern drinkers will be rather confused with such strange impressions - but I adore it! Again, the sample is too small for a more detailed investigation but I enjoy it very much.
The dram arrives a little hot but greatly coating in the mouth without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds chocolatey notes, a hint of tar (?) and some shy tannins. No distracting moments again, this was bottled at a perfect age. Water releases the tarry note in the nose too and some interesting winey aromas. The taste gets smoother and even more quaffable, I like this dram both neat and reduced at various strength. It is an excellent swimmer, no doubt.