The oldest in the ‘Still’ series at 23 years, Golder Still is somewhat of a puzzler. Reaping the benefit of a special period of final maturation in smaller square casks (I know…what?), one would logically expect a whisky older than its years. Not exactly the case here. Having said that, what we do end up with is a damn fine malt. Spectacular? Never. Smooth, sweet and satisfying though. No two ways about it.
Sweet and fruity, like sugar cookies or raw pastry dough. Notes of nice ol’ bourbon. Apple turnover and drops of vanilla. Very mild…entirely pleasant.
The palate…sadly, can’t hold a candle to the nose. I don’t mean to suggest it is bad, quite the contrary actually, but there’s a wee bit of a disconnect here. A slight tartness is met with a rather lively oak that should have been tempered by 23 years. I can only conclude this is the influence of the final ‘square cask’ maturation. The florals develop midway through…kind of a pleasant surprise…and leave a light and fresh linger. Quite nice.
This one didn’t have me at hello, but it did make me want to hang around to get to know ‘er.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt