A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt. from Dufftown, an active distillery on Speyside. This is the first limited release from this distillery, matured in American Oak refill casks filled in 1985.
Just 3,816 individually numbered bottles worldwide.
Appearance: Deep antique gold. Good beading
Nose: Grand and mild; compact yet detailed, with ripe apple and pear fruit or perhaps beeswax and heather pollen, and scents of moorland herbs. Quite autumnal, with faint smoke and a savoury cereal note, and like an old dusty library carrying scents of wax and worn leather. Later, orange oil underscores the complex floral notes. In time some vanilla develops, becoming intense buttercream. Water lightens it considerably and brings out the malty, cereal character (like being in a grain loft), with leafy strawberries, more waxiness and the merest trace of smoke.
Body: Oily, dense.
Palate: At natural strength, this malt has a big, oily feel; sweet and reminiscent of a wholewheat breakfast cereal coated with honey. The initial effect is warming, with an instantly appetising astringency. Below this lie minty and faintly smoky notes and rich chewy liquorice with a digestive biscuit sweetness. Its all sweeter and less oily with water; losing that piercing aromatic dryness and with the cereal note dimmed, its altogether gentler and more approachable.
Finish: Invigorating, warming and gloriously astringent at the end, with notes of pine and cedar to leave the palate tingling over a lingering last wisp of smoke.