...which is another fine example of a good 'tauchers at a reasonable price point. A distillate-driven dram without excessive wood influence (like so many other modern "designed" whiskies) that simply offers what whisky is made for: easy quaffability...
[December, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. A fine "everyday dram" for all who prefer the traditional Speyside style.
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a fresh and delicate profile of malted barley, honeys, spices and grassy notes within an appropriate wooden setting. It is not the most complex one but enjoyable to sniff...
The taste is creamy on a lot of different flavours like barley sugars, fruits, honeys and spices in a balanced mix. After some chewing delicious chocolatey-mocha notes pop up. No flaw that I can find. Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram.
The whisky arrives warming and coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is of a medium length and more spicy than the taste what is a good counterpoint to the sweet barley sugars and honeys. A minor bitter-drying impression pops up towards the end (tannins) but this is not distracting at all.