Mosstowie 34 Years Old The Ultimate Cask 1355 51,5% 1979
€ 399,30 (in Vat)
|Bottled for||Van Wees|
|Cask Type||Bourbon Barrel|
Serge Valentin (86)
Purveyors Signatory Vintage already had some excellent 1979s, I especially remember a cask #1305 that was great (WF 88). Lomond stills used to impart a very specific kind of fruitiness – think Inverleven’s Lomond still.
Colour: straw. Nose: macchiato and butterscotch for a start, then whiffs of sour wood (fallen trees in a dump forest) and a lot of green tea. Rubbed fern. With water: no, it’s some pure sawdust that comes out. No water in this!
Mouth (neat): really very good indeed. It’s no bold whisky, but it’s got a kind of herbal structure that works very well. Linden, chamomile tea, certainly some eucalyptus leaves that you would chew on… It’s very different from any other kinds of malts (while I have to confess I’ve forgotten how Kinclaith used to taste), but it’s excellent. Mentholy apples? With water: water work rather better on the palate. Sour apples, even sweet potatoes…
Finish: medium, a tad sawdusty, but there’s also this very engaging kind of herbalness, between verbena and lemongrass.
Comments: a forgotten style. Try to catch one before they become totally undiscoverable. Not that they were very seminal, having said that…