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Cadenhead, under the impulse of Mark Watt, has just released a new series named Small Batch. He returned to the old fashioned look that Cadenhead employed in the late Sixties of last century. I love that retro style. I tried a magnificent Highland Park 1988 in that range and now I will try the Banff 1978. The distillery closed since 1983 and has been demolished since, so this is liquid history.
My God, what a fruity nose! If you though that there would be too much wood in there after 36 years, you would be greatly mistaken. This is very soft. Citrus, kiwi, gooseberries. A little bit sweet and sour and waxy. Evolves nicely in the glass, towards leather and silex (flints). A touch of motor oil and loads of vanilla. Hazelnuts. Very aromatic and interesting.
It is slightly oily and immediately fruity. Now the cask does put its foot down with pepper, mustard, menthol and ginger. The fruit is mostly oranges and grapefruit. A little bitter, but not over the top. A bit grassy. You would be forgiven for calling this complex.
The finish is long, warm and a bit drying.
A winner! Just released. Around 320 EUR, which is not exactly cheap. Thanks, Jeroen!