I definitely took these miniatures for granted, when a few years ago, they were ‘ten a penny’. Having endured [and enjoyed] the NAS years, the STR years, and the never-ending ‘finishing’ years, I now look back on these bottling with new-found respect. It’s unlikely that many contemporary whiskies can or will turn out like so many in G&M’s Connoisseurs Choice range did – being from a very different era – so these miniatures become more & more invaluable to malt heads as indicators of smell & taste back in time & place.
This is a low-level miniature, so crossed fingers – but I needn’t have worried. tOMoH tells us: ‘Gordon & MacPhail bottled versions of this in 1989, 1991 and 1993, at least. This has no bottle code, which suggests a 1989 bottling, as I think that is the year they started printing those codes’.
N: You just don’t get that complex stewed bouquet from many contemporary drams, even after many years in glass. With that sweet/sour apple-y bouquet for starters, a descriptor list would look biblically scroll-like if I dared begin one. Look out for soot and sour lemon under the sweet thick stewed pepper-seasoned fruity punch as well as heaps of references from cosmetics to confectionery, from pharmaceutical medicines to household products. Let’s leave it there as, by the time I come to nose it again, I’ve another descriptor page of amendments and developments. ‘A succulent layered dry fruity bouquet from a bygone era’ will suffice.
T: Gossamer-soft & super squidgy mouthfeel [with two drops of water] becoming bitter woody soft-peppery-fresh and herbal-waxy > leathery & buttery.
F: A hard-to-describe conclusion, the profile now a shadowy consolidated collage of what’s gone before. Somewhat running out of steam before arriving at the station, we’ve a slightly woody/cardboardy conclusion, finishing dry yet conversely, also waxy and succulent.
C: A rather intriguing, even slightly puzzling whisky overall, the nose and mouthfeel on arrival being the standout features. This is a fine historical curio I’d be happy to explore more of at anytime.