Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 1974 (37 year old) 43% Single Malt Whisky
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Dist: 1977 Btl: Feb 2012
Tasted: Feb 2012
A seriously tropical (kiwi, greengage, banana, orange) and gristy nose with an abundance of sweet, luscious honey and beautifully fragranced oak. There’s so much tropical fruit that one would be forgiven for thinking that you were nosing an Arran. Just like Arran there is not a huge amount of coastal character but the depth is frightening to say the least. With time the lightly perfumed oils emerge as does a hint of light, Guatemalan coffee. Is this really 37 years old? The only real give away is a slight maturity to the oak and honey aromas.
Juicy and joyously tropical on the palate, a mouth watering array of apricot, papaya and citrus. Gentle oils roll across the tongue tinged with a touch of Guatemalan coffee. Oooh, now the wood spices kick in and the oils intensify towards the middle. And did I mention the spices? Oh my god! Delightful and gentle, throwing up cinnamon dust and plenty of demarara sugar, light toasted nuts and some herbal nuances. Stunning length with hints of loam and old heather. Stunning, majestic and seriously good!