With two reviews already in the bag [WLPns] & WLP288], I’ll be as brief as I can. Beyond a comparative review, today is more a celebratory experience.
N: This woody~fungal and vegetal [I’ll stick with my previous ‘buttered broccoli’ note] is a darker/murkier offering in comparison to the 9yo [and the 32yo to come]. Though far more understated & patient/mature, there’s a focused wily energy lurking in the midst, a combo that makes for one alluring nose that rewards due diligence.
T: Somewhat congested at first, there’s an initial information overload. Soon settling down to reveal something more woody and spicy/peppery, it’s relatively more savoury in comparison to the other two ‘Strath’s’. The [Palo Cortado-like] sherry peels off to reveal a very clean and intact neutral grain spirit as if the sherry cask was merely a coat, taken off and slung over a chair. Nice coat, however, one which continues to provide some delicious chewy delights en route.
F: Where you might expect this one to lift off, it all remains ticking over a while yet, though rum-like spirit and cask remain side by side as if separated by type.
C: A good one certainly, but even after 36 years, integration is still in the balance. That nose though, is the top of this one's game.