...and actually I am more with the experts. This is a flawless, complex and very, very delicate dram that is dangerously quaffable. I could drink this at any time of any day, great stuff and still available in Belgium - obviously one for drinkers only...
[February, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review. This is a dangerously quaffable old Traditional Scotch style whisky that does not go for cheap thrills but impresses my taste buds with complexity, harmony and an adorable mouthfeel from the first sip to the last finish. I could drink this anytime on any day...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate fruity (grapefruits, peaches and more), waxy and leafy profile in a superb balance. There are many more aromas to explore over time (e.g., nuts, oils, chalk) and yes - this is a complex nose! I really like it. Some water turns the nose punchier while more reduction adds additional aromas. Ideal for playing with water, actually.
The taste is truly multi-layered on more fruits (apples, lemons) before the spices kick in (ginger, peppers). After that the chalky side shows up and than the herbs enter the stage. Finally there are some tea flavours (both green and herbal teas). This is a great movie on my tongue and I cannot find any flaw or off-note. Some water smoothes the taste further and releases more spicy flavours (cardamon, coriander) while more water increases the fruits (oranges). Again I like both the neat and reduced drams.
The whisky arrives warming in the mouth and immediately coats the whole of it with a creamy feeling without any bitter or astringent moments. This is a close-to-perfection mouthfeel! The finish is long and adds some peaty flavours, finally (that I did not find in the nose nor taste). It vanishes slowly while getting more spicy and chalky. No distracting drying or bitter moments whatsoever.