Everyone liked this, but one or two of us were moved to ecstatic enthusiasm. The glass exuded aromas of creamy vanilla tablet, honeycomb, fruity toffees and rich wood. At natural strength the mouthfeel was voluptuous and rewarding; the flavours, a jackpot of Christmas spices, scented wood, toffee doddles and crème brule crust. Once reduced, the nose delivered dried fruits (dates, sultanas, figs) wood shavings and biscuit-like aromas; the Whisky-scientist became nostalgic for crusty French bread. The reduced palate was velvety smooth with chocolate and chestnut cream, vanilla and pine-sap, resin-like spice. The distillery looks north across the Dornoch Firth.