The new 21yo is not a bad single pot still, not at all. And whether one evaluates it now worse, equal or maybe even better than the old bottling, may well be a matter of taste. For me at least he does not reach the class of the old bottling, but I miss too much the beautiful fruit notes on the tongue, he is to me - for a 21yo SPS - too spicy in the nose.
A strong spicy note that gradually peels out pepper, curry, cardamom and cloves. Some solvent. Behind the spices come tropical fruits: mango, papaya, guava, passion fruit, orange, lemon. Spices and fruits combine pleasantly with each other, the fruit note is not overly sweet. Vanilla pudding and honey, a little coffee bean flavor and whole milk chocolate.
Oily and flattering. From the very beginning with the spices from the nose, with cloves and mild pepper predominating on the tongue. A shot of passion fruit juice, otherwise you have to taste the tropical fruits a bit to catch them. Oak spice comes with time. The tart note stretches over a long time and does not actually go away. With the addition of oak, the tart feeling on the tongue is even intensified. Will dry.
Medium length, oily, slightly herbaceous and with a hint of tropical fruits.