[April, 2017] Certainly a lot of bottle maturation with this one as it slept for
more than 50 years in the bottle. But
bottle maturation is a two-edged affair: It improves good spirit
slowly, but significantly to the better as can be seen with this
unbelievable luscious Laphroaig https://www.whiskeybase.com/whiskey/10733/laphroaig-1970-sa
(some say the best Laphroaig ever). On the other side it intensifies
the flaws and imbalances of a bad spirit too, making it even more worst
with the decades. So what did bottle maturation to this dram? The nose is very shy, I did expect much more after all these years. No old bottle flavour at all, after some time in the glass maybe a hint of it. The initial mouthfeel is okay but neither fat nor oily. It feels like a thin spirit, quite unimpressive. The body is better - sweet with some fruity aromas. But all in all very shy again. The finish is of medium length and shows some wooden notes (I missed these completely in the nose and on the palate, maybe that is why it feels thin...). In the very end it gets a little adstringent.
It is okay to drink, but I will not go for a second dram in my life...