- Brand: Donald Fisher Ltd.
- ABV: 40%
So an acquaintance of mine found some years ago this beautiful ceramic decanter, whose contents were meant to come from the 1960s but that on closer study rather seem to arise from the 1970s.
Donald Fisher Ltd produced, and for a few decades changed styles and labels, going from this "De Luxe Scots Whisky" to "Curious Old Whisky"; and from "Ye Whisky of Ye Monks" to just "Ye Monks", switching back and forth from ceramic to glass and from decanter to bottle, from 40 to 43%. As this seems to be a first in Connosr, let me tell you this is, as mentioned earlier, the ceramic decanter that says "Ye Whisky..." and "A De Luxe..." stated at 40% ABV.
The review was written down July 1, 2016, typed down now for you: a honey to amber pour with a nice greenish cast. Aroma is complex and rather surprising: starting with citrus notes (lime, grapefruit, orange) and dried fruit (apricots, dates), you move, by adding a drop of water, toward honey, cocoa, brown sugar and sweet pineapple. There's a hint of oxydizing red apple, but it's only that: a hint. Nothing to worry about.
Mouthfeel is balanced, soft and silky, mouth-covering. We've got here basically all flavors at once but bitter: a touch of sweetness, a dab of sourness, a tinge of umami, a hint of metal, even some slight saltiness. Aftertaste is boldly smoky, yielding some scents of leather and peat. Let's not forget about touch, for once the sip is gone not only are you left with a persistent aroma and taste, but your gums and tongue will be graced with a marvelous sensation, as if your tissues were rejuvenated (something only a handful of whiskies bestow upon us poor mortals.)