The whisky in the glass looks wonderful ... like dark wood with a slightly reddish tone. When I smell it, I'm amazed at how gently the 57.9% alcohol is incorporated. Nothing burns in the nose, the alcohol can hardly be felt. The very subtle smoke is closely interwoven with a pleasant forest honey sweetness and dark and red fruits such as strawberries, cherries and raisins. I get a very strong association of nut chocolate with whole hazelnuts. Slight hints of citrus fruits are noticeable, wine aromas and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. Wonderfully harmonious! The nose is really great, I have to say that.
In the mouth, the high alcohol content ensures a strong start, but is wonderful to enjoy pure. Sweetness floods the mouth with a smoke that is now stronger than in the nose. Oily, strong, and at the same time very supple for the 57.9%, it takes up the mouth, the fruits are dark in the mouth too and partially boiled down and then sprinkled with lemon zest. The spices are now much stronger with cinnamon and pepper. Maritime notes with a little salt harmonize very well with the pleasant smoke, some bacon and the great heavy sweetness. Delicious!
In the finish, the smoke remains in the mouth, played around with the forest honey sweetness and hints of the red fruits. Everything is sprinkled with pepper and stays in the mouth for a long time.
Overall, I have to say that I am very pleasantly surprised. The best of the 3 whiskys from the Local Dealer Selection 2019 that I have tried so far. There is a clear buy recommendation for the price of around 90 €, but I assume that it will not be so easy anymore. If so: buy ... it's worth it!
For me there are good 89/100 points. I would definitely put this bottle on the shelf myself ... too bad that I only have one sample. Such a whisky is one of the reasons why I try out the entire Local Dealer Selection. In addition to some weak whiskys, there is also such a great malt every now and then.