Balanced and complex, contrasting yet harmonious. This Speyside is a true chameleon. Wonderfully sweet and fruity on the nose, balanced and balanced. The taste is dominated by rather tart, sour and subtly spicy aromas, with sweet, fruity elements showing again and again, with herbs and mint for variety. A very successful bottling for me even if I do a little bit with Bourbon Cask ripenesses and miss the sherry influence a little ;-) Tastes and knows to convince.
Old straw shines in the glass, on the glass wall sticks an oily streak, many small "legs" flow in slow motion down the glass wall. Roasted pineapple and sweet apricots rise from the glass, sweet candy sugar and a hint of citrus are a harmonious contrast. Creamy vanilla, caramelized sugar and dark apricots dominate the nose at the moment. Forest honey drips on dried orange slices, slightly floral and grassy hints emerge, a subtle and subtle herbal note runs through the nose. A touch of fresh mint battles through the sweet fruit mix, minimal show spicy wood tones and sour citrus fruits. The nose is wonderfully harmonious and balances the anticipation of the first sip.
Gently, the first sip flows over the tongue and ends in sour fruit and harsh wood flavors. Citrus fruits exude their sour aroma, again floral and grassy elements. A pinch of white pepper spreads on the tongue, subtle sharpness envelops the tongue. Pleasant warmth floods the palate, caramel and forest honey dissolve, my salivation is stimulated while a touch of old walnuts arises. Peppermint and lemon balm combine with subtly acidic citrus aromas to create a fresh note; white pepper is poked on an oak board and spreads its distinctive sharpness throughout the mouth. Meadow herbs and a spice mixture dissolve from the decaying sharpness, wet foliage and zest of lemons and oranges dominate the transition to the aftertaste.
Spicy oak elements rest on the palate, white pepper sticks to the tongue and envelops it with plump warmth. The aftertaste is currently dominated by harsh oak tones combined with citrus and fresh mint. Dark caramel comes up, again show floral and grassy flavors, caramelized sugar dissolves slowly in the saliva. Lemon balm and other herbs dissolve from the spicy wood tones, dark forest honey and old apricots provide a fruity sweet component. With tart wood tones, citrus flavors and fresh mint, the chubby heat slowly fades away, only a pinch of white pepper struggles and exudes its discreetly sharp aroma. After a feeling of eternity, walnuts and a touch of wet leaves rest on your tongue.