Mouth: it’s waxier and more resinous than the 1966 again but never drying indeed.
Beautiful notes of blood oranges and kumquats, ginger, green pepper, earl grey tea…
Glen Albyn - Glenallachie Glenburgie - Glencadam Glencraig - Glendronach Glendullan - Glen Elgin Glenesk - Glenfarclas Glenfiddich - Glen Garioch Glenglassaugh - Glengoyne Glen Grant - Glen Keith Glenkinchie - Glenlivet Glenlochy - Glenlossie Glen Mhor - Glenmorangie Glen Moray - Glen Ord Glenrothes - Glen Scotia Glen Spey - Glentauchers Glenturret - Glenugie Glenury Royal Colour: straw.
Nose: as wild (not only peaty) as any true old Highlander, with an immense complexity right at first sniffs.
Not a bit of it – Grinderman is a brutal back-to basics distillation of Cave’s sound.
You could almost think it’s a melody free zone (of course it’s not).
Excellent long finish on chlorophyll, oranges and pepper, with also something slightly mustardy.
I’d have loved to try this one at 20/25 years of age. A very rare version, probably distilled around 1959 and before. Nose: we’re closer to the Samaroli now, although there’s less OBE despite the fact that it was bottled at the same time, roughly.It doesn’t feel like quite the venue for him but he makes a fair fist of enchanting those who are prepared to pull themselves away from the bar or noisy idle chatter.He’s won, by the way, ‘Breakthrough Act of the Year’, and well worthy of it he is. It’s just that they seem to have had a polarising effect on audiences ever since they started in 1970, and tonight is no exception.Finish: it’s the longest of the four and maybe the wildest (quite some salt in this one) but it’s a little harsh (and too metallic) again now. Let's quote Mr Bird: 'It is sort of a relic from the time before I got my conceptual shit together'.”This guy's a genius, you should buy his music...The term ‘Special Guest’ is one that needs to be taken with a big pinch of salt when it comes to many gigs, but not, I have to say, tonight’s.It calms down quite quickly, though, getting beautifully vegetal and more freshly resinous. And then it’s the tangerines and bitter oranges, the whole getting closer to the 1966 but still more ‘nervous’, even if probably less peaty.