...and this is a very quaffable dram with a surprising taste profile that reminds (in some aspects) of old Bowmore from the sixties. Excellent stuff for all that prefer to drink their bottles.
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers an old style sherry profile that reminds me of a comparable blend from Cadenhead (WB id 96875). The grainy aromas are more present here and grow upon oxidation while the sherry notes retreat somewhat. I like the fresh nose right after serving the dram better but still this is excellent, no doubt. Water opens it up nicely and releases more hops, herbs and waxes.
The taste offers a fine "wow-effect" with rich blackcurrant and passion fruits flavours that usually are a trademark of old Bowmore from the sixties. Hey, that is great! Some chewing releases many more flavours among them herbs, honeys, tobacco and nuts. I like this mix, and there are almost no grainy notes on the palate (what is fine).
The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals). The finish is long and adds more herbal and waxy flavours that are tasty. No distracting moments here. Some water releases more flavours and turns the dram smoother, even more quaffable...