...which is a showcase dram of the old Highland style that focussed more on floral and waxy notes than modern drams do - which made these old drams more distinctive. Today's drive for heavy wood, monstrous wine or extreme peat impact very often masks the unique distillery character of the spirit ("whisky") hence many modern releases simply smell and taste rather uniform. This is good for mass market acceptance but it is very bad for connoisseurs who appreciate the difference...
The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers an excellent old Highland style profile which is quite impressive. Basically all aromas are there which I adore in these old profiles: barley sugars, fruits, honeys, waxes, oils, (summer and autumn) floral impressions, spices and firm but never dominating wooden notes. All is nicely balanced and without any off-note, a nose which is fun to explore and enjoyable to sniff.
The taste is complex too with more spices (peppers, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla) than with the nose. The fruits are stronger with hints of banana, coconuts and papaya (I really like this combo). After some chewing the honeys celebrate a comeback and combine with the sugars to a tasty caramel note. All is very delicious and again without any flaw or imbalance. This is very quaffable stuff (if you do not think of the price tag) and very old-stylish too.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and turns a little more to the wooden side with more peppers and an interesting salty impression. Despite the stronger woods it never gets too bitter or unpleasantly drying, the bitterness is more that of tobacco and/or tea leaves hence enjoyable. Water is not recommended as it flattens both nose and taste.