In terms of weight it's close to Morangie 10 or Pulteney 12 but the salt element is much more full on,also quite peppery and dry. The finish is long salty and appetising.
This is quite an extreme whisky, a love it hate it type, whose distinctiveness could be a grower. It may be worth seeking out a 20cl sample
It strikes me, from the notes I've read, that a lot of the expressions appear to have been quite variable. And, as you say, there appears to be quite a spectrum of reactions. I'm also puzzled as to how the same expression can be called dry by Michael Jackson and sickly and oversweet by Murray. But perhaps that belongs on another thread.
I checked the bottling with the malt matrix. The one they dissed was the "de lux" version. There was also a 43%12yr they rated at 80pts. The one I tried was a 40% 12yr rated by one maniac only who gave it 89pts. I don't think I'd rate it that highly but it certainly wasn't shitlist material. All 3 bottlings regularly turn up on ebay as minis and can be had for less than £3. I'd certainly say the 40% botltling is worth a try if only as an excercise in recognising just how salty a malt can be !
I also had a great 1980 bottling from Adelphi. It's in my report here:
http://www.dufftown.co.uk/autumn_speysi ... n_2006.htm
If you can get it, or any other Adelphi bottle then do so
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