I have a 5cl miniature already in the archives so this is a precursor to more further delights, me hopes. I paid around the same amount for this ‘dribble’ as i did for a full 5cl miniature. That’s inflation [coupled with rarity] for you, now such a rarity in fact that my sample was poured from a 5cl miniature itself - bonkers!
N: This shares a similar profile to the 1977 vintage WB, though this is less sweet & chocolatey and much drier. Both are bottled at a similar age but this comes without that cask strength intensity. The peated-cowpat farminess is delightful with a nut-butter, hay & honey sweetness, billiard chalk dust with brine, sweet olives [those cute dark, teardrop ones], and a toasted/smoky note,…. a Brora with Port Ellen leanings. Then there’s a steak & kidney pie with whole-baked shallots, fennel and endive with pear - moving to a tart but the pie’s pastry remains firmly on top, with a touch of biscuit. Talking of biscuits. they are honey-oat biscuits with lime pieces, dried fruit candy and,… many many things. A super nose, one that changes constantly. Better than the strong 1977 even.
T: A soft parchment-dry arrival with a soft squidgy-paper chew and a faint confectionary-chocolate note moving steadily towards savoury-sweet peated barley and a malt-sweet ash. A faint herbal note runs alongside to keep the sweet side more savoury.
F: Salted>caramel, more ash, iodine, kelp and aniseed. A long, soft & sour, dry-herbal-complex finish.
C: Given the abv, it kills you softly. It wouldn’t have needed a lot more boosting [43-44% possibly], to send it sky-rocketing score-wise.
Scores an A[-]