...and sorry, dear enthusiatic members - to my taste buds this is sub-standard quality only. It smells and tastes like a standard-aged dram and provides neither complexity nor balance.
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the profile of a rather young malt - in a blind setting I never would have guessed this dram is older than 12 years to be honest. Not much going on here, some shy malty aromas and wooden notes - that is it (I do not find the roasted red peppers and quinces, but the - rotten - autumn leaves I can imagine).
The taste is about the same: Some sweet barley sugary flavours with distant hints of fruits that never dare to enter the spotlight. The wood is strong and dominates which is not a problem because there is (almost) nothing else that is dominated that way. Where is the cocoa powder they state on the label? Where is the lemon tart? My taste buds are too dull to recognise such flavours, most probably...
The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery but not coating at all. There is a drying-astringent feeling too (tannins at work). The finish is of medium length and turns spicy which is a new impression, finally. It dries out a little towards the end but this is bearable. Water releases chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste rather immature with a mashy-malty spike. I like the neat dram better.