3.350 - GLADRAGS OF YESTERYEAR

Age19 years
Distilled16 February 2004
Cask2nd Fill ex-Bourbon Barrel
RegionIslay
Outturn234 bottles
ABV57.1%
Content70cl
Allergensnone
Additivesnone
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Description

The primary impression upon initial nosing was of outdoor swimming pools by the sea, perhaps ones full of star anise, with a tang of camphor and menthol ointment and plasters in the background. Underneath this we noted a more assertive fruitiness of pineapple syrup, heather honey, kelp and flower blossoms. Reduction brought brand new bike tyres, mothballs in a hessian jacket pocket, cedarwood cigar boxes and aromatic wafts of sappy rosemary oil. To taste, this one was wonderfully sweet and smoky, with a silky, honeyed peat profile, delivering notes of heather honey riddled with orange zests, peach schnapps, coal dust and toasted fennel seed. With water the texture was enhanced and became wonderfully mouth coating; more pineapple, mango, salted toffee and medicinal birch syrup. Outstanding!