1971/2008 (64.1%, OB, cask #6878)
This one won one of the five Gold
at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2008. What
an amazing strength at 37 years of
age! Colour: amber – bronze.
Nose: very hot and more on gentian
eau-de-vie and very ‘ripe, dry
figs’ (not rotting but quite).
This should be superb but it’ll
burn your nostrils as sure as 1+1=2.
So, with water: loads of soft spices,
ginger, sultanas, a little mint and
unusual hints of Swiss cheese (gruyère
– no flaw here, rather the contrary).
It IS superb. Mouth (neat): ouch!
As hot and heavy as a spirit can be,
but not vulgar it seems… These
notes of figs seem to be there, though…
With water: yes, the figs are here,
alongside dates, caramel fudge, a
peppery peatiness, sultanas and plum
jam. Simply excellent. Finish: long,
maybe just a tad rough (but the 1977
was a little rough as well). Comments:
yes, simply excellent. Gets even better
after 30 minutes of breathing. SGP:563
- 90 points.