The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows just a sticky ring at the top of the glass that builds very late some extremely slow legs and fat tears. This great oiliness promises an excellent mouthfeel and finish. The nose is a little punchy first due to the 62,2% abv but after the olfactory cells adopted to this it offers a complex and rich grassy-herbal profile with spicy wooden aromas. All nicely balanced but not very sweet. It arrives warming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with no distracting bitter or adstringent moments - exactly like the texture promised! The taste is much sweeter than the nose on quite a lot of different fruits and barley sugars. The herbal and grassy aromas hide in the background now and add to a great complexity of different layers. The finish is very long and sticky with no bitter or drying notes. But it adds more spices and some honey flavours that are delicious.
After adding some water the nose gets more approachable and offers sweeter aromas, finally. But both the taste and finish loose some of the power so I like to nose it reduced but prefer to drink it neat (I simply use two glasses for that).
And yes, my memory served me well - this is another great dram out of the fine "Rare Malt" series and a perfect one to explore the profile of this lost distillery in detail. By the way, you still can visit this distillery in Fort Williams as the buildings and warehouses have been converted into flats...
PS: Today's prices for this bottling are simply ridiculous, I bought a 20cl bottle for 24 Euro in April, 2002.