N: Initially there’s a dirty-spirity disinfectant note but that lifts almost immediately, replaced by a subtle grassy/creamy vanilla [Littlemill, Bladnoch] Lowland style malt. Other subtle yet distinct descriptors include parts of a wood workshop and fruity aromatic notes together with green peppercorns, liquorice, aniseed & thai spices - though personally [as a spice fiend], there’s no heat issue here whatsoever. This is a whisky with a full flavour profile and subtly unique character, possessing a style I’ve not come across in any other whisky aside from other Allt-a-Bhainne. I’ve remarked upon Bhainne’s colourful and individual character before WB, as well as the distillate’s barley creaminess [blog].
T: Tastes sublimely creamy which after the Glendronach is rather a feat - though style-wise, both are similar in nature. Delicious mouthful and superbly cloudy mouthfeel.
F: More length and complexity compared to the short & simpler Glendronach.
C: I’ve not tried Bhainne’s new make, but from what I’ve previously experienced from their whisky, it’s been uniquely characterful distillate-led juice not always equally matched by its cask[s]. Here that fine spirit has met a cask match. Easily the best Allt-a-Bhainne I’ve had, style-wise bucking the modern trend and carving out its own niche path.Scores a B[+]