I rarely do reviews from a couple of drams but feel if ever an exception should be made this is one . . . I was at the in-laws for Christmas dinner today and my brother in law brought this little beauty out. This bottle now sells for about £2500 and can easily be said to be out of my league but, long story short, his partner's step-dad is an author who was apparently gifted this bottle by his publisher way back. He doesn't drink whisky so it sat in a drinks cabinet gathering dust for years until it was gifted to my BiL who very kindly shared some with me today.
Well, if I must . . .
Nose - Distinctly fruity and musty but hard to pin down. Fruit salad sweets and ripe, tart, old pungent tropical fruits - pineapple and something reminiscent of durian. Slight whiff of baby sick (but in a good way, obviously ha). A definite salty tang with some old wax polish and lemon peels. Complex.
Taste - Pretty much as the nose with the complex fruit being front and center and carrying right the way through. Maybe a touch of baker's almonds and a very oily, yet quite light, mouth feel. Sweet to more sour and creamy.
Finish - Salty and lingers long. Sour fruits and some well integrated mixed spice comes out.
One would always like more time with such a whisky but I can't say I wasn't generously imbibed (and probably looked a bit silly scribbling down notes at the dinner table)! That said, my notes are as I found it after a good while in the glass and just a few drops of water. The fruitiness of this was surprising and offered tastes I've not really come across in whisky before. A great experience and a characterful malt for sure.