The colour is old gold and the texture shows fat tears with slow legs. The nose offers an adorable complex profile of fruits, flowers, herbs, honeys, sugars and more in a fine spicy wooden setting. All perfectly balanced and without any off-note. This is a true fine nosing experience, I really like it! The whisky arrives smooth and charming on the palate and immediately covers the whole of the mouth. No distracting moments there, just a very slight peppery mouthfeel that is appreciated. The taste is fruity sweet with lots of different flavours to detect, and it is nicely chewable. No flaw there either, all is delicious. The finish is long and more spicy with some minor bitter wooden notes that form a nice contrast to the rather sweet taste. The wood is not too heavy (given the 37 years of maturation it is just about right), nevertheless it dries out a little at the very end. Water release more aromas in the nose but more bitter flavours on the palate too, so I like the neat dram best.
A very fine example of an excellent Dufftown whisky that offers a great complexity and balance within a beautiful distillate-driven profile. That is exactly why I am into single malt whisky!