Tasted with Ben Nevis cask 1368 (91 pts.), Glen Elgin 23yo 1995 Cadenhead 50,6% (88), Collectivum XXVIII blend (88), and Glengoyne 28yo Brass Spirit Safe (90).
Thanks to GIORGOS for the sample!
That lovely smoked fish note I've come to expect from naked CIs from the late '70s and early '80s, and some lemon in the background. A greasy, bold smoke that's heavier than modern CI. A strong peater, without being at all cartoonish.
By nose I was already thinking of a very high score, but the mouth draws it down a bit. Neat it's a perfect - if even peatier than usual - example of a CI that's been allowed to age long with the cask influence pared down to a backing instrument, rather than forcing heavier oak on it where none is required. After all, CI is apparently an immortal distillate that can in suitable conditions be aged past all reason, while remaining spry and powerful, so beating it to death with heavy wood that mutes the distillate and masks its change is a bit daft. Sadly even one teaspoon of water makes this dram a little lackluster, so that a Port Askaig 25yo (similar style, but bottled 45,8%) overtakes it in the fullness and the firmness of its body.
Slowly receeding, long, mostly on marine peat tastes.