Another dram i tried at the O&R show and felt it necessary to take home and ponder over. I scored it 91 points on the day.
This is definitely my last of the night, so much epic-ness! First impressions: this is a firm, straight-forward malt whisky and no messing, sharing similar traits to the Glen Albyn as well as the Coleburn & Convalmore. All are bottled at strength, all old boys [though this is the oldest by bottling year], and all solid/robust in style with a deeper/more subtle-complex undercurrent - which is why I brought them home for more considered contemplation.
N: Bitter<sweet complex of rum, molasses, ginger, corn syrup, maple syrup, cognac, prune syrup, fresh figs, dried figs,… Sure its sweet, but not overly so. Thats helped by an oat biscuit base, lime-coconut, [sweet] grapefruit, granola, honeyed cornflakes,... ok, its sweet - a controlled sweet with a sweet-savoury/citrus base.
T: Beautiful arrival, just so, clean, slick body and opening out all flower-like and leading onto a slick chew. Doesnt do a great deal [just yet] but those sugars are engagingly tasty. That sweet-complex never gets too out of hand, though theres certainly a Jalebi stickiness to it - the sweet grapefruit citrus helping to balance things. A serene calm right now but the cogs are turning.
F: After a heathery slick and beautiful oaked cereals, it finishes impeccably with a gentle sweet vanilla-barley spirit coupled with that now firmly established [sherried] old-skool sugar-oak complex,......... hold on,.. it hasnt nearly finished yet,.....
C: I didnt quite manage to take in just how beautiful, impeccable & flawless this was at the show, given the nature of things at public events. Its true brilliance struck me during the [never-ending] finish that i could allow myself at home. From what ive experienced of old Macallan, id put this on par with some of those stella 60's bottlings, in both performance and style. A fully satiating whisky.Scores an A[+]