Dewar Rattray Dufftown 1976 (35 year old) 58% Single Malt Whisky
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Dist: 1976 Btl: Feb 2012
Tasted: Mar 2012
Oh my God. Surprisingly cultured and distinctly un-industrial! Those are definitely words I never though would come to mind when tasting a duffer! The aromas are quite dense and herbal with no shortage of mature honey, liberally sprinkled with icing sugar. There is a hint of roughly sawn, slightly damp timber which morphs into an earthy kind of character and there is even a slight violety note. Now eyes closed you could almost mistake if for an old Glenrothes, albeit from the wrong side of town!
Soft, gentle and quite oily on the palate, opening with plenty of wood tannins and sweet wood spices. Now at this point it could have become mouth puckeringly dry, butÖÖ it doesnít! The sumptuous, mature, herbal honey puts a stop to that and it evolves into a lovely macerated, liquorice mouthful. A bit piquant and edgy on the middle but a lovely barley light sugar comes back, mingles with some garnity/ mineral notes. Only in the after taste does it reveal thatís itís a Dufftown, but only in a controlled, earthy, un-musty, un-industrial, un-murky fashion! Good grief! This is a superb old duffer! Is this a fluke? Who knows, just buy it and enjoy this very unlikely experience!