G3.8 - "Eccentric and exotic"

35 years old, distilled 28th May 1979, 53.9% abv, refill ex-bourbon hogshead, 198 bottles

The nose has eucalyptus and mentholic notes at first, then opens up into nectarines, peaches and a hint of balsa wood. The mouth-feel is smooth and soft, almost cosseting. The body brings vanilla, peaches, apricots and then balsa wood and a little wood glue towards the back of the mouth. The finish is vanilla sweetness and hints of the earlier fruits.

Water brings tight whorling that lingers for a short while, then leaves pleasant mottling. I added just a few drops at first, as I think this is a delicate enough whisky that it would be easy to drown. The nose now has more fruit, including hints of stewed fruits, and a little fennel. The body has a slightly savoury flavour added, and also has the fennel from the nose - and less wood glue. The finish is longer, with fennel and a hint of thyme.

A superb delicate and light dram that should be savoured with friends.