With a bit of water, the single grain "destroys" something and becomes a bit fresher and sharper in the nose. On the palate, this "seal" continues, the whiskey is less compact, but remains fruity and spicy. In the finish, the oak is relatively more present. That's a spirit again, and I would keep my hands off the water.
After half an hour in the Premium Snifter, a wonderfully fruity-sweet peach and grape note flows directly into my mouth. This is joined by honey and a very pleasant spicy oak; Bakery flavors and dry soil on a morning forest clearing follow. The 52.3% ensure fine freshness. I like these old-fruity noses very much, the long-matured grain substance seems to fit perfectly well. A 95-point nose for me, without a doubt.
In the mouth comes the Mancarella peach-accented, supplemented with sweet oak chips, grapes and bakery; pleasant forest soil notes with a few bitter herbs. Overall, surprisingly sweet and creamy in mouthfeel, the 52.3% are extremely well integrated and give the 44-year-old single Grain an amazing freshness.
Even in the medium-long to long finish, the fruity creaminess is convincing, although naturally the oak spice becomes stronger with herbs, but without losing the peach sweetness. Very harmonious-balanced also the finish.