A very interesting selection by Cadenhead and a worthy anniversary bottling. I like it very much (except the price tag)...
PS: These strong herbal flavours seem to block my taste buds for other aromas as I find some very delicate and subtle drams (that I know very well) just dull and unimpressive after this Convalmore. So this is an egocentric whisky as it lets no room for others after it (except even more egocentric stuff like Ardbeg). Nevertheless I like it, but it should be placed at the end of a tasting session...
The colour is old gold and the texture shows very late slow legs and very late sticky tears (there stays a fat ring at the top of the glass for some minutes). The nose is extremely herbal with some hints of these delicious far east fish sauces - very strange but really interesting (and quite complex).
The taste again shows an extremely herbal and umami profile (I guess one can detect a two-digit number of different herbs in it) imbedded in a sound wooden structure. Some water opens up both the nose and the taste nicely, it adds chocolatey flavours to the finish (but the strong herbal aromas vanish somewhat). It is easier the drink with water added, but it is much more fun to explore it when neat.
The dram arrives in the mouth a little hot but instantly coating. No drying nor bitter moments (after 40 years in the cask!). The finish is long and spicy (peppers, even some hints of salt), again no drying nor bitter notes.