OJlovedNicole wrote:...a Gold label bottle, from my understanding out of production for a year or so...
The 18-year old release, I gather.
There certainly ARE palpable differences between this version and the newer (no age statement) Gold Reserve, such as:
1. The 18-year old (now ostensibly replaced by the atrociously priced - comparatively speaking - Platinum bottling) features a more finely delineated, complex flavour profile that really showcases the Clynelish component.
2. The newer version displays a slightly more syrupy textural quality that, while attractive in the short term, eventually tends to dull the flavour dynamics. Still a good whisky, but not a patch (as far as I'm concerned) on the older release.
Snapping up any remaining bottles of the 18-year old (prior edition) makes some sense if you're partial to its taste parameters. Doing so for collecting purposes is, to my mind, somewhat questionable - especially given the industrial quantities of this whisky Diageo produced down through the years.
In short, buy it if you like it.