Always been curious about this one. It’s great whisky and a great blend, certainly. But the big question beforehand was, is it a big 40%, or a weak 40%. It’s the latter unfortunately. Great nose with plenty of old charms, but you can instantly sense it’s got no power. A lot of low proof old malts normally have a great nose, and fall apart after, but this one starts off a little weak too. Regardless it’s very nice, but I feel compelled to pick it apart because the price is disproportionately high compared to what else is out there. Sorry Mr. Samaroli, but your legacy can’t sell it all.
My score has nothing to do with value, just taste.
Nice old nose, if not a little weak. Lovely antique notes, lacquer, old books. Nice old sherry, deep rich and slightly herbal. Would be a stunner at higher abv.
Still nice flavours, but doesn’t have the structure to hold up in the mouth. It just breaks apart in seconds.
You’re left with only pieces of what was surely a nice cask. Old wood, licorice root, old herbal liqueur, mint, black tea.