...yes, it is! This is an excellent cask selection without any flaw and with a great balance and "quaff-ability". No, there is nothing special about this whisky - it is simply a perfect composition that just aims to please (and not to stress) your taste buds. My compliments to all that were involved into this bottling (and could you tell Dalwhinnie, Oban and Glen Ord how you did this, please!)...
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a delicate mix of floral, honey, spicy and some fruity aromas. It is neither bold nor impressive but it is interesting to explore and very enjoyable, provided you are not in a hurry. Give it some time to fully develop its profile and you will see (rather sniff) what I mean. This is a subtle nose of perfectly matured spirit without any off-note - not for thrill-seekers but for true connoisseurs…
The taste is nicely layered on sweet flavours first (fruits, honeys, sugars) before the spices kick in to form a great combo. There are peppers, ginger, nutmeg... and even a touch of salt, really adorable! Chew it for a while and more flavours are released: milk chocolate, a hint of peat, tobacco and ... All in a perfect balance and without any flaw.
The dram arrives warming and charming on the palate with a pleasant coating feeling and no distracting moment whatsoever. The finish is medium to long and adds even more fine spices (and more salt - ooh, I love a salty touch in whiskies)! Not the slightest trace of any unpleasant bitter or astringent moment, the wood is just about right. Water is not needed, this dram is perfect as it is!