Dufftown-Glenlivet-1953 (2) As above lot. Level: mid shoulder and below low shoulder 2 bottles
15-18 (EST) Years Old Speyside Malt @ Nat. Strength
Appearance: Deep polished mahogany; Amontillado sherry. Moderate beading (I guess the strength to be around 55%Vol. European ex-sherry cask.
Aroma 1): Dry, meaty and faintly smoky (wood ash, coal smoke) to start with. Only a light nose-prickle. Later some flaked almonds or dried out marzipan, with hard toffee the latter increases over time.
Aroma 2): Water opens it up. Polished leather predominates, with dry orange peel, raw sugar crystals and traces of dark chocolate. In time becomes more fruity (black cherries), but remains dry overall.
Taste 1): Much sweeter than expected, then mouth-drying and cooling. Traces of espresso coffee and a lingering smokiness. Drinks well at natural strength.
Taste 2): With water, the taste is sweeter, but still dry overall - raw sugar in black coffee dregs. A trace of old oak in the long finish, and an aftertaste of coal smoke.
Comment: Like the Glenfiddich, this has clearly spent a few years in a sherry butt, but the nose-feel is milder than the other (around 55%Vol?), and I guess it is slightly older say 15-18 years old. The initial nose is somewhat closed, but the taste is a revelation.
"A unique example (to my knowledge) of Dufftown when it still had its own maltings, giving the whisky a light smokiness. Bigger and meatier than contemporary Dufftown malt".