T: Bread and butter pudding turning to spotted dick now. Its buttery and oaky but it gets pokey even with water with a savoury/bitter/sour profile as the spirit kicks in. This one is really lacking direction, a lot like the nose.
F: Big spirity, citrus/rose water freshness into the finish with a more subtle grain led accomplice. Old, dry oak vanillas appear at the end.
C: Hit and miss. Only the 1938 45yo WB left to try.
Scores a C-
N: Moving on from the 19yo WB, there's less sherry and more of a solid bourbon cask performance. Honey grain in the main with sugary waves - icing sugar, sugared almonds, chocolate caramel, ginger sponge and some talc. Easy pleaser this one.
T: Soft start with more control than the previous two Macphail’s. Again a drop of water tempers the harsher spirit.
F: Rather Glen grant like. Honeyed sweet-sour-lemon. A touch astringent and edgy but the least of the bunch.
C: A classic Spey with ups and downs, but less downs with water. An easy pleaser on the nose but the rest isn't such a breeze.
Scores a C[-]