This whisky shows that sometimes less is more: Just three ingredients form a great blend, one to sniff and chew for hours if you adore such old-style complex stuff. And to state it again for all that experience OBFs (old bottle flavours) the first time - these unusual (solvent) aromas on the nose indicate real great drams and they are neither flaws nor off-notes!
The colour is deep copper and the texture shows a few slow legs and late fat tears. The nose... YES, there it is: tons of OBFs (adhesive glue, lacquer paint, nail varnish remover), simply great! And delicious old sherry and fruity aromas with surprisingly low wooden notes (given the 43 years in cask). Great complexity and balance, I guess a trained nose could easily smell 20+ different aromas in here.
The taste rolls in different waves over my taste buds and is centered around old-school sherry and grainy flavours, all imbedded in a sound (but never bitter or drying) wooden structure. Dozens of flavours all in great harmony. Some drops of water open up the nose and smoothen the taste/finish even further, I like it that way better. But be cautious not to add too much of it as this dram flattens quickly.
The first mouthfeel is astonishingly fresh, smooth and mellow. It coats the whole mouth without any hot or astringent moments. Again no bitter woody notes after all the decades. The finish gets more chocolatey than the body and now, at its very end the first slight bitter tannins pop up (unbelievable late and never unpleasant, rather chewable).