The dram at hand was real tricky, it felt old and just up my alley, with the old varnish, spices, and everything I like in whisky. It was not an easy bet, but It did feel Highland to me, and I really thought this could be an Old Pulteney, a well aged OP, which left the 1990 peated cask as the main suspect. I’ve tasted that one before, and the smoke/peat and fruit with the wood did fit the equation, the ABV was bit low, but this dram did not feel too fierce .. You can guess I was not right about that, and ended up with another dreaded “0 punten”. Oh well.
Imperial 18 yo, 1995-2014, 52,4% abv, Signatory for Astra Morris, EUR 99
Nose: This is the kind of noses I LOVE. feels old, and well matured, with wood varnish, spice, old benches, and on top some nice smoky and fruity notes as well, brine too If I am not mistaken. Brilliant!
Palate: Again, the palate does not disappoint : Feels old, and well made, with the wood varnish profile shining, above some brine and exotic fruit as well as smoke and some brine. Feels Coastal to me – this is why OP sounded like a good bet.
Finish: Long, with the wood and fruit, smoke .
A totally cracking whisky. I love I, and I want a bottle!
Summing up BTC 2014:a
This has been quite the rollercoaster ride, mostly down but some up days. A really cool experience, humbling as most blind tastings are. It’ really hard to guess a whisky by distillery profile especially when a lot of single casks are involved (not that I’ve guessed the OBs..). I’d like to both hug Ewald and kill him at the same time (kidding, mate – but Mossad agents are already in NL. HAHAHAHA). I’m also happy with my place (20’s something I think), I expected a lot worse, and was pleasantly surprised. Bring on next year!!!