The nose, we agreed, was thick, oily and sweet with stewed fruit, putty and builders' rubble, then maritime aspects gradually emerged. The unreduced palate was big, with a curious mouth-feel. We found it heavy and sweet, hot and salty; panellists identified vanilla, Opal Fruits, cinnamon and nutmeg, white rum and `Rock, salt and nails in a shotgun` (that was the Whisky-bard, of course). The reduced nose turned spicy and nutty; nougat and Topic bars were mentioned. The reduced palate seemed somehow friendlier with sweet, pleasant traces of spices and rum. An unusual but interesting dram from the only Caithness distillery.