Strathisla 42 yo 1967/2009 (44.5%, The Whisky Agency Fossiles Series, bourbon hogshead, 120 bottles) Colour: gold. Nose: nervous! Sure, not as nervous as a three years old Laphroaig at cask strength but what’s really striking with this old Strathisla is its youthfulness and compactness on the nose. Starts right on mirabelle eau-de-vie (you know, these very aromatic small yellow plums), honey and a delicate yet obvious toasty/coffeeish oak as well as quite some milk chocolate. Develops further on a slightly spicier mode, with a little cumin, ginger and just tiny-wee whiffs of lavender. Also quite some mint-flavoured tea. Very, very impressive at such old age. Mouth: it’s the oak that talks first this time, which is not surprising at 42 years of age. Starts on nutmeg, ginger and green tea, with also quite some liquorice wood and the fruitiness a bit hidden behind. Gets then more and more ‘spicy/herbal’, on some thyme, capsicum… The fruits aren’t masked too much that is. Seville oranges, hints of sherry? Finish: medium long, oaky but not drying. Aftertaste: earl grey tea (or a combination of unsweetened tea and oranges). Comments: the palate isn’t as youthful and full of aromas as the nose but it’s till quite vigorous. Very good oldie, maybe a tad less emphatic on the palate than the old Strathisla-branded sherry monsters. Obviously. SGP:561 – 89 points.