This is a rather subtle malt that demands some time and effort before it releases all of its secrets. The very drying finish is somewhat unique and (most probably) drinkers will be divided about it. It was an interesting experience to taste such an old Japanese single malt...
The colour is amber and the nose offers a grassy-spring floral profile that stays shy even after significant breathing time. Later delicious fruity, honey, spicy and earthy aromas pop up and create a complex and balanced (but still shy) nose. A big cubic blender's nosing glass is recommended to catch all aromas.
The taste is layered on all the flavours of the nose complemented by some bitter herbal-tobacco notes. After some chewing the fruits grow stronger as do the wooden flavours and a delicious cocoa-mocha impression joins in. Water releases waxy-oily aromas in the nose and turns the taste nutty, surprisingly. I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.
The whisky arrives warming and somewhat coating on the palate with a significant drying mouthfeel that grows stronger towards the end of the finish. The finish is of medium length and very dry, actually very very dry (cardboards). Most probably this is not to everybody's liking but it is neither bitter nor astringent, hence bearable.