I finally decided to open my bottle of Old Pulteney 21-year old that I had been stacking away since 2017. It was matured in fino sherry (one third) and refill bourbon casks (two thirds) and was discontinued in 2017.
The nose is sweet and fruity. There are flavours of sherry, nutmeg and orange peel, followed by a hint of lemons. Later on, lovely apricot flavours appear, together with some waxy notes.
The palate is full-bodied and brings more lemon and orange peel flavours. Then there are malty and salty notes, followed by honey and a whiff of brine.
The finish is of medium length, with a touch of mint and a good dose of wood spice.
This is a top notch malt, no question about that. Excellent stuff from Wick!
I miss this malt.
One of my memories that drives FORO is seeing it in Tesco's on offer at just under £100 just before Christmas a few years back and thinking it was a lot of money to drop just before Christmas and deciding I'd buy a bottle in the new year.
I didn't realise they'd discontinued it.
@OdysseusUnbound - I guess it's slightly different in the UK as we don't have the alcohol mafia (just the 'hidden' tax!) so you can find malt whisky pretty much anywhere they sell alcohol.
Reading between the lines (of your post and what I see over here) I'd guess your LCBO shelved are filled with the same fodder as here. Still, I can't complain as the 10% that you speak of will be easily found online in the UK; and on that front we're spoiled for choice. Waitrose (a more upmarket supermarket) apart, it does seem as if the bulk of what's out there is NAS and 40% stuff - You may find an Ardbeg 10 if you're lucky . . .