Now, that is why I am into whisky!!! A close-to-perfect maturation of a high-class spirit with an unbelievable complex profile that takes literally hours to explore. Certainly not suited for all that go for the "ooompf" in their whiskies - but a perfect dram for lovers of delicateness and complexity. I bought another bottle (it is not often that I state a whisky is worth 300+ Eurobucks)...
The colour is amber and the texture shows late very slow legs and fat sticky tears (great!). The nose is absolutely adorable on old style whisky aromas (OBFs) that make these old drams so delicious. It is a creamy toffee aroma in a honey/wooden setting with fresh citric and other fruits (apples, pears) and some shy herbs. All nicely balanced and delicate, one to explore for hours (take your time on that!).
The taste is even better: Lots of different honeys mix with treacle and liquorice to a delicious profile that is imbedded in a firm wooden structure (exactly at the right strength to balance the enormous sweetness). It all rolls in different waves and layers over your taste buds that offer new impressions one after the other (milk chocolate, spices, herbs, even a hint of smoke). Close to perfection!
The initial mouthfeel is just as the texture promised: greatly coating and warming with no distracting moments. The finish is very long and offers a nice mocha flavour in addition. The woods are now softer than on the palate so all fades out very nicely. No bitter or astringent moments at all (after 37 years!). Really, really good. Some water releases even more aromas and smoothes the wooden flavours (it is worth a try) but nevertheless I like the power of the neat dram more. But if you have more than just a small sample at your hands try it a little reduced as I can imagine that many connoisseurs might like it better that way.