I’m trying the ‘weaker’ one [at 58%!!] first as I’ve a hunch the 1967 vintage is the one to finish on. Colour: orange-gold.
N: With a healthy hint of OBE, the potency of this compelling punchy spicy oaky fruity and malty whisky is formidable, the high proof alcohol jam-packed full of flavour. The dusty old nicknack drawers open to reveal citrusy drying & vibrant sugared/syrupy/honey-dense slightly tobacco-coated condensed fruits coupled with aromatic curry spices, orange essence and root ginger.
T: Boy is that powerful. Just a few drops of water bring out the fruit tincture & bitter~herbal qualities. It’s still prickly though, and I find it quite woody which is saying something for me. Saying that, it’s a lovely dense bitter oaky syrupy-dry dram though it doesn’t do a great deal more before turning into the finishing straight.
F: Delectable waxy malty chocolate on the turn, sustaining for a while after with a beautiful tobacco-y powdery-dry fruity barley sugar conclusion.
C: A hardcore malt that surely requires some considered water management experimentation to glean the best from it – rather tricky with a 1cl sample. Whilst the palate brings a brutish charm, it’s the nose then finish that push this one into the top league.