Malinos, I get the bitter notes also unfortunately my tasting notes are not showing so putting them here again.
Nose Plum, sour apple, polish, candle wax, some meat notes and after a while there is something fishy in the mix, like a plate of sardines in tomato sauce but in the next room (Jesus, I cannot believe I just said that), a distant fishiness??? Yeah, crab, brine, but definite seafood smell in there.
YUK, I do not like it, flat bitterness is what hits me first, that cannot be right, people are going mad for this, is my palate ok????
Rinsed palate - Not as bitter but it is still there mixed in with some fruit like guava, mango and bitter plum. Getting creamy and the fruit is developing and it is a little lack lustre for the relatively high strength but the fruit is getting sweeter.
Medium length, quite sweet. Neat, the finish is the best part, but the bitterness spoils it and it lacks balance for me With Water The nose has more fruit, the palate has more fizz and still a decent length. I love blends but in my humble opinion old blends do not seem to go together that well, I thought the same about the Black Bull 40 year batch 1.
After all the glowing tributes I am disappointed with this and feel it is too expensive for the quality of the product. The adage old is not always better certainly applies here. It is ok but nothing more and the bitter notes swamp it.
It is not massively bitter but everything else is quite subdued hence why I notice it. Do not add too much water because falls away.
Too expenisve for what it is, I think people are being ripped off if you go on quality alone. Yes its 40 years old but it does not matter if the quality is not there and I do not think it is here.