...finally it is better than most other standard single malt whiskies these days, what is an achievement in itself. It is not really earth-moving but easy-to-drink and without any obvious flaw. Nevertheless this unknown malt (for the broader market) is completely overpriced according to my taste buds (but the investors want a return, what else?)...
The nose offers a washy-malty profile with delicate heather honeys, barley sugars, some shy herbs and the smell of a well-equipped flower shop in the midst of summer. It is not really bold and impressive but it is balanced and enjoyable. After some time of breathing an interesting and delicious aroma of roasted coffee beans pops up...
The palate is rather two-dimensional on sugary sweet and bitter herbal (tannins from the wood) flavours. If you chew it for a while the roasted coffee beans flavour pops up again which is quite nice. Water turns the dram smoother and releases some additional milk chocolate and less bitter flavours. I like it best somewhat reduced.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a slightly bitter-astringent feeling from heavy tannins. The finish is of medium length with more shy milk chocolatey flavours and a slightly astringent end (tannins again).