Lamp oil, hair conditioner, poolwater, litchis dipped in boot grease? There's this Bowmore-like sweet tropical fruit aroma that's not quite the usual Caol Ila citrus. Altogether this is very 'chemical' on the nose but in a lovely way. Very different from the current OBs. There is wood here, elderly as expected, but not very upfront. Seems like the distillate is doing most of the work. Old paints and dried varnish.
Strong, smooth and complex. Is this for sure not a particularly peated Bowmore? I'm joking. The peat is as expected of an Islay-er of this vintage: it sinks into the gums rather than just burns on the palate. There's a lot of it but it isn't aggressive or overbearing. What it is is very all-encompassing - something that ties everything else in the whisky together and makes the body first class. "But was it not ruined by being reduced to 46% before bottling", I hear you ask. Nope. I don't know what the cask str. of this old cask was originally but at bottling strength it is still a flavour bomb and there's no flabbiness or weakness in the body at all.
With some water the peat comes out stronger and rakes the tongue a bit. Porridge and a certain gummi candy from my youth (Roope Ankan Kolikot).
Wood, then lamp oil, salted herring, some tar, aluminium, then medical tablets and lasting peatiness. Takes quite some time to settle down. Sea salt at the very end. Works wonderfully, all told.