Matured for 26 years in a refill hogshead, cask number 590, bottled 26.05.2011.
Nose: Dry wood and wood varnish. Hints of rum-raisin. Water emphasises the raisins a bit, and I get fruit compote associations, but the overwehlming impression is of wood.
Palate: Oaky bitterness, wood and bitter, dark chocolate. No noticeable change with water added.
Comments: Too woody. Though the same age (maturation-wise) than the 1980, the oak has been slightly more active here and has taken over, flattening the taste profile. It’s not bad-tasting, just boring.
Thanks to Geir Tore for the sample.