...and this is another very fine cask from a long-gone time that withstood the (almost) 50 years of maturation with dignity. This dram offers an exceptional nose, a fine taste but a rather average-only finish. Nonetheless, very interesting to explore and extremely quaffable - but unfortunately way too pricey for us drinkers (except you own very deep pockets). Thanks for this experience, George!
The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers an adorable old style sherry profile with tons of delicious malt- and wood-driven aromas too. Hey, this is a perfect example of a balanced sherry-malty-woody profile with a third of aromas on each side. Delicious spices and herbs mix with tasty sugars and honeys that are topped with delicate sweet winey and crispy nutty notes - I could nose this for hours...
The taste is nicely layered and repeats all the fine flavours of the nose. They all add up to a creamy delicious crème brûlée-alike taste topped with fine spices, oils and a hint of mocha. No flaw that I can find, this is very, very quaffable... Water turns this whisky smoother and sweeter and flatter, unfortunately - this dram is best when neat.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a slight bitter-astringent touch (tannins). It is okay given the fifty years in an oak cask but the 1964 was significantly better on that dimension. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impression. It gets a little drying-bitter towards the end when the tannins demand their toll. Nevertheless, still very enjoyable.