Nose: Very unusual stuff! Needs some agitating before the nose really starts to come to the fore and i'd suggest avoiding a tumbler with this dram in order that you catch it. There's a sweet syrup note, maybe honey or jam, and there's something of the outdoors but I can't place it. Stables. Not shit! But work. It's very very compelling to me but that may be personal, unsure.
Mouth: Honey, herbs, spice, surprisingly impolite given the age, a certain lack of smoothness but not necessarily in a bad way. But there is, perhaps, a little too much alcohol - it doesn't evaporate the way I felt and hoped it would so it feels like there's something a little unreleased or undiscovered. May be just a little too sophisticated for my palette this, unsure. Dry body.
After: I get something oily, something on the bonfire that shouldn't be on it maybe. Behind that, some sort of sweet desert, maybe cheesecake.
Overall i'm a little disappointed with this dram. At around £300 a bottle this would need to be very, very special to recommend it and it isn't that. Good, but whisky just as good is available for less than a third of the price.
I’ve had a half full bottle of 25 YO Tomatin kicking around for about 2 years. It is so cloyingly sweet and syrupy that I just can’t drink it. And it wasn’t cheap by any means.
@Nozinan My kingdom for some Tempest. And I’ll throw in my other kingdom for some Laimrig.
I don’t think getting something cheap improves the taste. What I think it does is increase enjoyment.
Cracking a great bottle of OGD 114, knowing I paid $30 for it, is a load of fun. But it still tastes the same, which is great.
I liked the Amrut Single Cask bottles the LCBO brought in but would, at the time, not pay $125 for them. I did get them when they were reduced, buttery tasted the same.
@Victor I think we all show bias when we score and review whiskies here. If you don’t like sherry maturation, you will score A’Bunadh lower Han I would. Someone who does not like peat will not score a peated whisky as high.