Exactly the same label except that the vintage is added in gold 'on' the birds – there’s also been versions at cask strength that we loved. Colour: gold. Roughly the same but the fruitiness is more obvious (passion fruits, oranges) and then it gets a little wilder (even more tobacco and leather than in the 20 yo). There’s also a little game, soy sauce, parsley… Plus everything we already had in the 20 yo. Imagine this one’s complexity! Mouth: thick, oily mouth feel. Definitely better than the 20 yo right at the attack. More assertive, candied, spicy… The oak is nicer here and more present. Truckloads of bitter oranges, Campari (do you know a cocktail called negroni? It’s excellent), orange marmalade, notes of cardamom, vanilla pod, star anise, cloves… Extremely rich and assertive at just 43% (43%, really!?) Finish: long, orangey, spicy, getting maybe just a tad drying now, as often with whiskies that display such a great oaky spiciness on the palate. Great ‘stuff’, 92 points. I had the version at 59.5% at 95, imagine… (and thanks, Bert).
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||43.0%/ 75cl|
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