Mature yet full of verve, with no signs of old age, this is a spectacular statesman-like whisky – with a complex, deep nose and a subtle, rounded in flavour.
Full amber gold.
Vivacious for its age; complex, full and deep. Perfume and fruit dominate at first, led by vanilla and Parma violets, black cherries and cooked apricots. Behind them lies a leathery, masculine note leading into burnt sugar, chocolate and mint. Water mellows all. Perfume and fruit give way now to wedding cake, treacle and soft leathery aromas.
Medium to full.
Pleasantly soft at natural strength. Smoky to start, then a scented and deliciously layered fruitiness that reminds you of a sandalwood box containing sweet treats – Turkish delight, dried fruits, black plum. Water makes the mouthfeel more waxy, even teeth coating. The flavour is gloriously mellow and agreeably balanced.
Polished leather and boat varnish, then more delicious caramelised fruit.