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This has been a favorite whisky for some time. When it is on, it is all honey, and I love it. Now and again, I get a bitter finish that I dislike. Recently, I have come under the impression that the younger the In Cask Date, the better the chance for an exceptional bottle. Tonight I have opened Cask 11980. In cask December 10 1993. In bottles on Oct 13 2009.
All the honey and alcohol I could hope for on the aroma. Eel sauce. Briny. Then, back to honey.
I cannot imagine a better pairing for this bottle than a plate of Cantonese Roast Pork
Taste: Bitter, waxy, burning. Sweet honey. Bitter, waxy, burning.
Finish: Drying. Bitter.
I have had better bottles. I am giving this a score based solely on this particular bottle. Should improve with a bit of breathing room.