...and after a false start with soapy aromas it developed to the typical delicate and quaffable old style dram 'tauchers is known for. Not suited for thrill seekers and oompf lovers but recommended to all that appreciate balance and delicateness over cheap thrills. I like it.
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a floral-perfumy profile with rather strong lavender aromas that some might call soapy. Luckily these vanish after some breathing and the typical grassy-spring floral 'tauchers profile develops with its trademark aromas of honeys, beeswax and spices. Subtle and without the lavendar now really delicious. This nose started at soapy 75 points but now I score it 87 (after ten minutes of breathing in a spheric blenders' glass). Later fine oils and shy wooden notes join in this nicely balanced mix.
The taste is layered on grassy-floral flavours first and later fruits, spices, herbs and some bitter wooden notes (that are fine to balance the sweetness). Again a rather subtle profile what 'tauchers is known for (therefore many blenders reach out for this malt). No flaw or imbalance and very quaffable, provided you like delicate Traditional Scotch drams.
The initial mouthfeel is a little hot-peppery with a nice coating effect and a minor drying moment (cold metals). The finish is long and adds more spices and a shy milk chocolatey note without distracting bitter or drying moments. Water releases more sweeter aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate and reduces the hotness of the mouthfeel - I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.