Pours a bright gold. Nose is on the stale side, sweaty, musty, some malty, flowery notes.Somehow, the mouth explodes with tropical fruits and peat, strong and bright. Definitely mango, passionfruit. Sharp peat attack, horseradish, spicy in the finish.
Aberlour-Glenlivet 8 yo (50%, OB, Rinaldi, Italy, 1960s)
Advertised as ‘Campbell’s Glenlivet Malt’, aun older cube bottle of the House of Campbell’s 8 years-old Aberlour. These wee bottles were almost always utterly stunning. Colour: amber. Nose: bang, perfection. Chocolate, prunes, mocha, tar, rubber boots, soy sauce, old brandy. With water: whoo-hoo-hoo! Raw chocolate of the highest kind. Fab, stunning, irresistible, self-imposing, evident and definitive. I could find other adjectives but I wouldn’t want to bore you to death. Mouth (neat): puts so many new whiskies to shame! This is old Pauillac, it’s got the finest raisins and fruitcakes, the greatest coffees, some perfect smoke, soot and ashes, an amazing tarriness, and flabbergasting notes of marrow, suet, and wild pipe tobacco. Dried porcinis as well. With water: please call the Anti-Maltoporn Brigade! Almost rancioting… Finish: rather long, on chocolate better than chocolate and the greatest old brandies. Comments: always watch the extraordinary little square bottles! (White Heather’s blend was great too).
SGP:462 - 93 points.