A brace of G&M Aberfeldy today starting at 1975 WB and finishing in 1966 WB
N: Drats! - clear signs of OBE, so i’ll concentrate on the 1975 and come back to this in good time………. Time well spent because this is really blossoming. Is that a light peat note? Theres some gunpowder for sure. Im picking up well matured distillate and like the 1975 its well integrated and vatted. Its peppery now, actually its a ginger zing, ginger sponge [oloroso laced], nutty-putty [a la 1975], meaty [ham, spam & well, a mixed grill in fact], an old chesterfield, dusty furniture polish, caramelised grilled corn-on-the-cob, caramelised, sweet celery scrub and juicy dried fruits - reduced, softened in a casserole [apricots naturally], vegemite=Bovril, sake, Amaretti biscuits,….. this is one of those, treasure drams! I could go on but theres more to come.
T: Salty, a little dry, OBE [but improving] and varnished oak - old grain like but there are some delicious, complex sugars dark here thanks to the wonderousness of barley. With water, its a consolidated, dark oak affair, becoming more and more salivating all the time [although it appears to be drying] and moving towards a savoury<sweet thick honeyed, barley juice with the malt coming through latter. This is starting to become fabulous, diluted or neat but i think water brings out the thick, umami tincture as well as covering up the OBE. Deep, dark sugars remain the highlight - spirit and oak have created quite a fusion here.
F: Really dark oak notes [similar to the 1975], a little dark chocolate and plenty of over-steed black tea. Gets very VERY dry and woody, almost ashy [especially neat] but the malt IS there too - more in the background but equally present. An extraordinary balance actually, in flavour and that salivating-dryness - haven’t had that before! Lingers around on the palate forever.
C: After an ominous start, this became rather special. Some issues raised were overshadowed by so many remarkable things, this is on the wish list as a result. This has me in the mood - let’s try an old Convalmore WB
Scores a B+