Ok the 18 now. Fly swatter at the ready.
Wow, this smells sweeter, almost a winey nose. It's lighter and more subtle but its really nice. the notes of the previous drams are there but this time nothing is leaping out and grabbing me, its all really well balanced.
Palate: This is terrific. Huge spice, but its under total control. The delivery is sensational. I love this.
Finish: Well if I thought it had peaked I was wrong. The finish is truly wonderful, teasing the tastebuds for what seems like many minutes, reaching parts other drams don't reach.
I love it. I do agree with the suggestion of consistency of flavours throughout the range, but how they are delivered changes from dram to dram and this 18yo has to be tried to be believed. I haven't tried an Abunadh yet tonight, but I think I would buy the 18 first. Simply brilliant.
Thanks for the samples Ian.