Christmas was a bit of an adventure, this year.
Deanston 17yo (40%, OB, 15:20 4354 P003816 L16): an old favourite that will not get full notes, this time. Nose: raisin paste, stewed plums. Mouth: mild, mellow and pleasant, gently fruity, compote-y or jammy. Finish: jammy fruit, or fruity jam again, candied nuts. Lovely, innit. 8/10
Tomintoul 27yo (40%, OB, 07/05045 18/05/07): nose: pine needles and sap, both gentle. This one is even more delicate than the Deanston; walnut oil that does not jump at you and Fraise Tagada. Mouth: a little more outspoken, though it remains quite subtle. More oil (this time olive). This is silky smooth and easy to quaff. Hints of apricot jam and honey. Finish: a woody note (apricot stone), polished furniture, still very gentle, despite the initial lukewarm kick upon swallowing -- nothing aggressive, mind! Lovely too, this. 8/10
37.64 30yo 1985/2015 A real charmer (51.3%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 188b): nose: pine cones and citrus. Lime peel and pomelo zest are also there. This is very deep and rich. Mouth: notes of pepper, green-grape or lime juice. It tickles and tingles. Finish: lots of pepper upon swallowing, then a little green wood bitterness. It is long and warming, with dried citrus peel. Looking forward to trying this again. 8/10