I never was a fan of grain whiskies but from time to time I enjoy a small dram like this one. But to be honest, one such dram is enough to satisfy my curiosity...
The colour is pale gold and the nose is very "old grainy" with lots of aceton and other solvent notes beside the usual fruity and sweet sugary aromas. There is quite some wood too but it never gets too dominant. All in all a fine nose for a grain whisky - but I am not a grain-head at all...
The taste is bitter-sweet on barley sugars and heavy tannins from the oak. After some chewing yellow and dark fruits pop up together with some spices. Nonetheless, this is a rather simple profile and not very interesting to explore - but easy to sip.
The dram arrives warming but not much coating on the palate with a minor peppery feeling. The finish is rather short and gets quite bitter and drying-astringent (tannins) which is not to my liking. Some water tames the tannins somewhat and releases more vanilla-toffee flavours that are highly welcomed. I like this dram best when reduced to about 46% abv.