Check Peter Woods interesting piece in WM July 2003 issue...
This issue is also discussed to death in malt-l, the web site.
What I'd say to Peter Wood though, is to take it all with a pinch of salt. When MJ says he tastes chocolate in Glenfarclas or nutmeg in Aberlour, does he go running to his "flavour scientists(!)" asking to check the bottles for traces of chocolate or nutmeg? !Creo que no!
I don't think MJ's tasting notes are meant to be a description of the actual contents of the bottle. Rather, the contents may evoke certain memories and flavours. Romance is part of whisky tasting, of course.
Yes, believe it or not, taste and smell are linked to way, way more than what is actually smelled. Good thing Peter Woods obvioulsy never read Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu
for if he tried, he would be completely lost!
Une Madeleine pour Pierre, une!