A delicate whisky that has a surprising amount of flavours to pick apart if you give it a bit a time. None of them hit you round the face, so can be hard to latch on to any one thing, but that also weirdly proves its strength, as it's a dram I keep coming back to trying to get my finger on it.
Just one dram, and I thought spiky harshness, slight smoke, lemon, and pepper, but lacking any real nose, pallet, or finish. With more time, I keep finding more and more delicate flavours to peak my interest.
Water: Brings out the sweeter notes, and makes it a more balanced warmth, but also dampens the already subtle flavours and bright fruit tones.
Coastal notes, with malt, cereal and barley, along with lemon juice and vanilla, come across as a salted lemon shortbread. There's an iodine sting there, as well as musty tea or leather, and a light fruit, like ripe melon.
Much more costal and earthy than sweet, but is a subtle nose with nothing hitting you round the face. There's things to be found, but you've got to take time and search for them.
Not the smoothest, with a young spikiness that shoots around the mouth mixing with a peppery smoke. Not unpleasant, if you like heat from a whisky, but definitely spikey rather than smooth.
The bright fruit from the nose develops here, like sharp apples with lemon zest, along with the earthy flavours of cereal and barley, but with vanilla, a tiny hit of manuka honey, and tea. A lemon and cinnamon-spiced porridge that's been left next to a smouldering fire comes to mind.
The smoke is soft, adding more of a pepper spikiness and taste, rather than any thoughts of bonfires, but probably also adding to the medicinal iodine tones. The more you taste, the more that develops into a dark chocolate or even coffee bitterness.
Sticks with the earthy, coastal themes, with salt, pepper, rosemary, and a sooty iodine, but with some light fruits, lemon, vanilla and bitter dark chocolate. You've got to be quick to catch them, as they don't hang around too long, with a quiet medicinal, sooty smoke being the thing that lingers most.