compared the a much lighter, but nevertheless full golden colour of the
Clan Denny offers a really nice aromas profile that reminds me strongly
of an old Bourbon. There is some adhesive flavour besides the oak and
vanilla which is quite normal after such a long maturation time. When diluted to drinking strength the JMA opens up and offers quite a lot of wild herbs with even a slight
medicinical note and honey. A little bit adhesive too, but much lesser
than with the 42 year old. Clearly the CD is more impressive here.
Arrival: Both come bold and instantly coat the mouth. No harsh or
unpleasant moment. Very nice
both, I go for a draw.
Body: Unbelievable massive cassis/blackcurrent attack with the CD,
never had this that strong before (as if you drink pure cassis juice).
Quite vital given its age, but the strong cassis dominate all other
aromas. Contrary to this the JMA is much more balanced on a lot of
different fruity and honey aromas, all within a sound wooden structure
that never gets unpleasant. Hard to judge this round as the profiles
are so different, but I find the delicateness of the JMA more charming.
But the strong cassis flavour of the Clan Denny is simply
Finish: Of medium length with the JMA, virtually endless with the
CD. Here the dominant cassis flavour is much more balanced with some
nice wooden and spicy notes, making it simply adorable. Yes, the best
about the Clan Denny is really the finish. The JMA's finish is
interestingly sweet-sour (switching back and forth between the two ) and
a little bit drying, but never unpleasant. But this round goes
definite to the 42 year old Clan Denny.
An interesting head-to-head of the same Lochside vintage (1963) but
with very different tastes. Actually I like both, but the unusual
strong and vital profile of the 42 year Clan Denny is a real stunner. A
must try to everyone, so look out for a tasting dram at whisky fairs or