Traditional, recognizable packaging for the Gouden Carolus brand. Squarish bottle in a hardened cardboard box. This time a very bright yellow was chosen, probably because of the link to the Muscat-finish that was used.
Fruit and flowers on the nose. Suddenly, I'm in a summery meadow with all the flowers in bloom. White stonefruit - peaches and apricots aplenty. This promises to be something else!
Bottled at 46% this dram doesn't bite at all.
Velvet to the mouth, soft and smooth and what a dram! Barely 3,5 years old, but damn well balanced. Aroma's of apricot kick in, ripened fruit deepening to sultanas, even. The Muscat-finish brings a richer sweetness to a whisky that would otherwise have nothing but caramel and vanilla.
Finish is medium to long with raisins and a softly lingering herbal spiciness. There's some cinnamon in there at the end.
This is a dram that delivers on it's promise. Very young, but well balanced. Some would find it a bit too sweet, as the Muscat de Beaumes de Venises-finish has a strong influence. Nevertheless - nice!