Colour: dark gold.
Nose: It’s really a full basket of tropical fruits, such as bananas, passion fruits, guavas, oranges, freshly squeezed oranges with refined whiffs of coal and wood smoke, a little coriander, tamarind, fresh parsley, pineapples, grapefruits.
Mouth: Starts on the same citrusy, tropical fruits but in a more ‘whispering’ manner. More on jams than on fresh fruits. Very soft spices (gingerbread, a little white pepper). Gets definitely ‘Macallan’ after a few minutes, less exuberantly fruity and much more malty, more sherried and more on dried fruits and a little resin. But it’s still a very vibrant old whisky of very high quality.
Finish: long and much more on tobacco now, nuts, flor (or vin jaune), orange marmalade.