After Tasting the 40 and 50 year olds, it’s high time to test the ‘middle aged’ 30 year old. This one again is a Secret Bottling and differs from the 2nd Edition by replacing the sherried notes with some fresh honey and malt (as quoted from the official tasting notes).
Nose: A very nice nose with a great balance of wood, malt, citrus and wood spices (cinnamon,ginger, cardamom), crisp and lively for such an old malt.
palate: Juicy stuff. the wood and the malty notes combine gently, with some sugar and a whiff of smoke followed by some sultana & plum combo, not over sweet though.The body is not very full, at 40%, I suspect without diluting it would have been smacking!
Finish: Fruit, vanilla, and a distant memory of cereals.
All in all this is a very nice dram, which needs time, to appreciate it’s intricacies. As I’ve mentioned before,too bad it’s only 40%, since it could have been a real cracker with a bit more body and oomph at 46-48%. Not a bad price for a 30 year old also, so this is highly recommended.
As to which distillery it should come from, I would not bet my money on it . tough call. Any guesses? leave a comment if you have a clue.
Many thanks to the guys over at MoM for this official sample