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Firmly pinch a (ex-) good friend’s nose and ask him to taste the juice, he shouldn’t be able to recognize it. Finish: medium, sweet, a little cinnamon in the aftertaste. Let him breathe through his nose again and he should instantly say ’pineapple! ’ You could try that as well, eat something, pinch your own nose (not too hard) and check what happens. Nose: ah yes, this one is typical of many old Macallans by G&M – proof that warehouses and locations have an influence, don’t you think? Mouth: great news, there’s some oak of course but it isn’t drying or cardboardy, not at all. Comments: I think earlier batches were a tad more complex but it’s still excellent. Quite some pepper too, a little curry and finally quite some cinnamon and a little nutmeg. Finish: long for its strength, with more liquorice and quite some mint in the aftertaste, as often with these oldies.

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I also remember that Glenfarclas used to stick a nice mini-CD of Scottish rock and roll to some of their bottles ten years ago or so… May we expect some free i Tunes downloads on some bottles soon? This is the brand new ‘Orcadian’ expression but it’s a fairly large bottling, whilst there were only 290 bottles of the 1964 that I absolutely adored (WF94). Really beautiful now – sometimes simplicity is great!

By the way, a friend just told me that even if my nose was clogged, I could still comment on some whiskies’ palates. Apple juice and ginger, porridge, liquorice allsorts.

Huge notes of sea water and metal (old car engine.) It’s quite spectacular and unusual, which is great as there are so many excellent young Laphroaigs in the market. And there are various citrus fruits, tangerines, bitter oranges… ) and even more bitterness – a very pleasant bitterness, unusual in Glenmorangie. Finish: long, gingery, drier than the other Glenmorangies. Comments: I guess nobody will be able to tell you if this is how malt whisky (let alone Glenmorangie) used to taste one hundred years ago but what’s sure is that this is a pretty fine dram, even if there’s probably much more spicy oak than in ‘genuine’ old whiskies. Comments: not too complex in my opinion but full and very easy to quaff. It’s really unusual and spectacular, with a high oak extraction. Again, this is very unusual and much less on tangerines and passion fruits than other 1981 Lochsides that I could try. It’s still grassy and kind of sharp but the whole is much better now.

Something slightly roasted and tarry, earthy as well… Comments: such a fabulous young Laphroaig that’s already complex and ‘wide’ deserves some extra-points. A little more tropical fruits and we would be there. Big notes of nutmeg arising after a while, even a little horseradish... Rather dry globally and, indeed, fairly ‘old northern Highlands’ in style (more towards old Clynelish or Pulteney and certainly not towards Balblair or even Dalmore). Gets then more citrusy, with some orange marmalade (peppered! Finish: rather long, all on tropical fruits and soft spices. Slightly mineral as well, which is uncommon in my opinion. Round body, some ripe papayas and bananas, a little caramel, raisins, honey sauce… Finish: medium long, very sweet, raisiny and slightly mentholated. Also quite some varnish, heather honey, fruit sauce, very ripe strawberries, overripe bananas… Cough syrup, mint, herbal liqueur (50/50 Jägermeister and Underberg) and honey. Mouth: it’ sweet but les so than the Barbados this time. Comments: typical Antilles rum of very good quality. It’s a nice Lochside but the problem is that there also some brilliant Lochsides – albeit fewer and fewer of them. Comments: well, it’s Lochside so it can’t only be ‘average’. Nose: not as fruity as expected at first nosing, rather on something phenolic and unusually smoky. Chlorophyll chewing gums, green tea, bitters, lemon zests… More lemon, more grapefruits, more tangerines, even star fruits, passion fruits…

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