While we’re at it, let’s throw in a younger expression, Glen Avon 8 Year Old. Again there are lots of variations, with a colour label (younger?) or grayscale (older?), with a red 8 or a green 8. Even funny decanters with the shape of a still.
Glen Avon 8 yo
(40%, Gordon & MacPhail, 1990s, 75 cl)
Nose: quite nice, with less sherry influence but a nice fruitiness of oranges and peaches. Gooseberry pie. Sweet barley, Frosties, a hint of mocha and vanilla cream too. Honey. After a while some spicy notes. Fresh and bright, but with an oldskool dusty / grainy side to it.
Mouth: really fruity and creamy again, even though it’s nothing special (apples, oranges, pears). Muesli with sultanas. Caramel toffee. A mild walnut dryness towards the end.
Finish: pretty long, sweet and fruity, with a smooth honey note and a hint of pepper.
This could be much worse! It’s only 8 years old but it’s smooth, fruity and really full-bodied considering the low alcohol volume. Simply very decent whisky.