Well Iain I admire your courage ... I had no doubt that it was a great dram but beyond me really ..... anything different in there from the normal or is it just a really nice dram
I suppose the real reason I bought it is that it's rare enough that anything new and interesting happens with IDL, and curiosity got the better of me. Price wise it is a bit mad, but as a once off I don't mind. I spent a hell of a lot more on Islay last october. That said, I was just comparing the price to, say a 21Yr Old Bushmills at â‚¬150 and the 25yo Bowmore at say â‚¬300 (By the way I think the bottle I brought back was, for me, the best Scotch I've bought, by far). I would have expected the cost to be somewhere between the 2. But there you go.
In answer to your question, I'd say yes, it is definitely something different. Despite all my rantings I think it's one of the most interestingand complex things to have ever come out of IDL. I've been dipping in to it over the last few days, and I'm still trying to get to grips with what the tastebuds are telling me. (It has crossed my mind that this could just be me adjusting to not smoking!)
I don't do tasting notes at the best of times but I would make some observations. Part of me thinks it's quite close to a pure pot still - I can definitely taste a stong presence of what appears to be very old PPS. The port is in there too, though I can't quite get my nose and tongue around how it's mixing with the pot still. At times though I think I'm picking up the grain too - there's not much of it and it reminds me of some of the very old single grains I've tried.
It's interesting you use the expression "just a really nice dram". I'm thinking of some of their other premium products. If you think of Jameson 18 it's not a million miles from the 12yo - just a better version of the same theme. Likewise the Midleton is a nice easy drinker but hardly anything to get excited about. To me this is quite different - I tried it the other night with the rest of the Jameson range - 12, 18 Gold.
Tell you what, enough waffle, PM me your address and I'll send you a sample.