...and this fits into that row. It is a fine and obviously flawless whisky but it is simply not my style and it is hard to tell why. But if you like very sugary sweet and moderately peaty drams this one is certainly for you...
The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a young and fresh peaty profile with some minor sherry notes. It smells like a young whisky (indeed, it is a young whisky!) but somehow it lacks the power and boldness that can turn even an underaged dram into a star. The sherry and peat are not yet integrated finally and it seems as if they still fight each other for dominance (the peat clearly wins). Water increases the supremacy of the peat even more and it turns the nose into an one-dimensional affair.
The taste is very sweet on mainly barley sugars with significant peaty notes and rather shy sherry-induced flavours. It is a little simple, actually two-dimensional only. It is not too bad and easy sippable but it lacks both different layers and some complexity to be above average (according to my taste buds). Some water turns both the taste and finish even sweeter and releases more bitter wooden notes - clearly I prefer the neat dram.
The dram arrives warming and coating in the mouth with a minor bitter-astringent feeling from the woods. The finish is long and adds some spices that pep up the sweet taste nicely. Again, not much sherry to detect beside the sugars and peat. The end is a little drying from bitter tannins.