Color is very pale. A bit astringent initially, which immediately is unlike other 73/74 Longrows, but this quickly dissipates. Also not as bright... could be due to the level in the mini? It was at just slightly below shoulder, and about 3/4 cm above the label, which is pretty respectful actually. Let's wait a bit .... aloe, kiwi, lemon, cane sugar... better and better, but still, I can't help but be disappointed so far.
Peat, softened over time, but in abundance still. In addition there is some rounded sweetness, though not overtly fruity -- vanilla, buttercream, cookie dough, a bit of Krisky Kreme glazed doughnut (woah!). Again, this lacks the intense fruitiness of many other 70's Longrows.
A bit peppery. Pleasant bitterness and somewhat metallic.
1973/74 Longrows are some of my favorite whiskies of all time. This whisky, while good, is unfortunately no where close to the pantheon.
I do wonder if some of the characteristics of this whisky were adulterated by the mini and oxygenation. Maybe, maybe not. Maybe not all of them are great.