...and this is truly a great dram from the past. It offers the typical old traditional Highland style in a close-to-perfection setting without any off-note or imbalance. Just the finish is a little too tannins-driven (for my taste buds).
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate fruity and floral profile that is completely distillate-driven and full of the old Highland style aromas I adore: honeys and beeswax, oils, resin and chalk-minerals. All in a fine balance without any off-note and the old style aromas grow bolder the longer it breathes. I suggest to wait at least 20 minutes, better more.
The taste is layered on fruits, honeys, waxes, sugars, spring floral impressions, some herbs and earthy flavours. All come and go in a perfect harmony, again no flaw that I can find. After some chewing hot spices (peppers, chili) join in and provide an interesting counterpoint to the rather sweet taste so far.
The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with a minor bitter-drying feeling that is not distracting at all (tannins). The finish is long and adds more bitter flavours (herbs, tobacco, tea) which turn the ending a little distracting bitter-astringent. Water releases more old-style aromas in the nose and turns the taste even more quaffable (but the layers are gone after the reduction). I like to explore this dram neat but prefer to drink it a little reduced.