This whisky has plenty of character and breaks the mould of your stereotypical Speyside whiskies, which is another of its charms. It’s not without its flaws and could be more refined but it’s for the more experienced drinker, rather than playing it safe. I’m absolutely fine with that and it adds to the experience rather than taking away. The spirit has a good, waxy mouthfeel and the flavours combine well, offering something distinctly unique. Price is a bit punchy in comparison to more recognisable 12 Year Olds but you do get quality. I would buy it again, even at this price.
Nose: Grainy, grassy, fruity and woody. Fresh pine and cut grass jump out. Then there’s hazelnut caramel milk chocolates. Ripe red currants. Sweet, citrusy. Limoncello. Melted butter. Vanilla custard. Barley fields. Candle wax.
Palate: Layered with dried fruits, woody notes and umami flavours. Raisins, figs and mince pies. Spicy notes of crushed ginger nuts and cinnamon. Rich caramels. Savoury and buttery like melted butter on whole grain toast. Brandy snaps. Roasted, salted corn.
Finish: Rather Spritzich (fizzy) in the finish. Peppery with spices and oak tannins. Orange peel. Medium-long in the finish.