Color: Unoaked Chardonnay, bright straw color with oily, thick but fast moving legs.
Nose: A little mute in the beginning. I will let it air for a while, the cork was sealed for 26 years after all. Yep, I am back in 15 minutes and it already started to deliver more: Dry crunchy malt, roasted cumin seeds and dead foliage. Sesame seeds and sipping water from a metal container on a very hot day. And after a few drops of water: Wet cardboard, old, worn out wooden bar counter and ground ginger. Rose water and breakfast cereals.
Palate: Pretty hot at this abv... Ground coriander, beeswax and white pepper. Adding water works so great on the palate. I was not making up that rose water thing on the nose: Rose water, vanilla and pinecones. Dried rosemary, crunchy cereals and kiln dried lumber. Dried pineapple rings and unsweetened banana chips.
Finish: Way too long... White pepper, dry wood and coriander. Chalky and dusty.
Overall: Everything I like and I could hope for from an old timer Scotch. It's chalky, dry and spicy. Very spirit driven, kinda young but in excellent shape. It's muscular and vibrant... Probably a second fill ex-bourbon cask if not a third fill. I loved it and I can see clearly why this distillate is one of the favorites of Diageo's blenders. Well, I think it's that time to say again: "They don't make them like this anymore..!"