Banff 24 yo 1975/2000 (%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, #) Better strap ourselves in for this one... Colour: Light amber. Nose: The extra age is readily apparent here, we’re much more on honey, pollen, mead, some soft wood resins, exotic hardwoods, sultanas and quince jelly. A slightly menthol touch as well after a while along with eucalyptus and rosewater. An aged dry Gewurztraminer (lets say ZH Rangen 1985). A little coal dust and some assorted tropical fruits follow. With water: These notes of Gewurz really start to become louder with water; rose jelly, quince paste, tinned lychee syrup, a grating of nutmeg. There is still this impression of fat, syrupy, glycerol liquid sloshing about in the glass below. Totally spectacular! Palate: Call the anti-maltoporn brigade right now! Wax, myriad fruits, mustard, olive oil, resins, balsamico, pine needles, camphor, earth, dried mushrooms. Gah! Majestic palate. I totally forgot that this is %! With water: Drier, earthier, more peppery, more towards cinnamon bark, wild flowers, green fruits and a little dark chocolate and Darjeeling tea. Finish: Long, full of jasmine, lapsang souchong, a little chilli pepper, cocoa, mustard power, wax and more resinous notes. Comments: Again this was unsurprising. But totally beautiful and deeply satisfying. What a shame these bottles are now so scarce and generally unaffordable. At least by impoverished whisky writers at any rate (this is your cue to start playing your tiny violin Serge!). SGP: 463 - 92 points.