Another 41 year old Garnheath… maybe they were part of the same parcel? Carn Mor had one recently, so I was very keen to try this one out. Sadly I got to it just as it all sold out, it was only on Master of Malt so maybe it’ll show up elsewhere at some point?
Nose - Deep and classy, cherry lip salve and a touch of petrol. A slightly ghostly grain edge, with marker pens and sawdust on the exhale. Sliced granary bread, some ozone. It's a very fresh, elegant nose with underlying sweetness and lots of restrained grain, tobacco, orange zest and oak. Lovely. The empty glass has deep, important cask wax, and a weird hit of recharred cask?
Body - Quite big and fruity - banana and buttercream icing, a backing of grain funk (that petrol again) and lots of wood tannins. With time a sourness starts to dominate.
Finish - Tannins dominate; fresh oak planks and stewed tea. Very long and drying.
The combination of a juicy, fruity nose, with fizzing top notes and tons of oak and big tannins in the end is very compelling, this is also a very restrained, elegant old grain, it must have been a very refill cask! That orange pith sourness in the delivery is a bit offputting though, this isn't a soft old whisky. And the wood influence is also odd; it's like it spent 41 years in a 5x refilled bourbon cask and then a day in a virgin oak cask. It is bloody delicious though.
Thanks to Douglas Laing for the sample.