Mosstowie 35 yo 1979/2015 (48.1%, Signatory Vintage, bourbon barrel, cask #25756, 171 bottles) Isn’t it great that Signatory keep issuing some Mosstowies, even if the general public do not seem to have any clues? Mosstowie was distilled at Miltonduff only between 1964 and 1981 (Lomond/Inverleven had started in 1956 - some rather say 1959, forgot to say), but the name became kind of famous because of some Italian gentlemen who imported and distributed a few Mosstowies that they had sourced from G&M. Once again, the Italians were pioneers. G&M keep issuing some from time to time, but sadly, they seem to go relatively unnoticed. Maybe because the average whisky lover isn’t curious enough? Colour: straw. Nose: there are similarities and differences with the Lomond. On the one hand, it’s got the same kind of fruitiness, albeit toned down and a little more citrusy. On the other hand – and maybe that’s the older age – it’s got many more herbal notes, including fresh mint and lemongrass. After a few seconds, you’d almost believe you’re nosing an old chartreuse or Bénédictine, which I find lovely provided the palate won’t be totally in keeping with the nose. Let’s see… Mouth: lovely indeed. The oak seems to have imparted piny, sappy flavours, while the spirit remained very citrusy and herbal. Imagine a blend of pastis, chartreuse, and limoncello, plus a drop of coconut liqueur. Perfect body and strength. Finish: quite long, fresh and mentholy (as when you just brushed your teeth), with a sweeter and fruitier aftertaste? Oranges. It’s interesting that after all these years, the oak never managed to taint the spirit. Comments: it’s a very excellent truly rare and genuinely old whisky at a very fair price, I think Signatory deserve our loudest applause! SGP:661 - 89 points.