...which is a truly strange animal and an amazing experience - just like drinking a high proof strawberry yoghurt with nut chips. Sounds crazy? It is! And it is hard to score - for curiosity I go for 90+ points, for purity and tradition it is rather 86- points, so I opt for in-between. And to be honest: I really enjoyed this tasting experience...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate nutty-toffee profile with delicious home-grown fruits and some earthy aromas (garden soil). In addition honey, waxy and old wooden notes (used casks) pop up and later spring floral aromas. This is quite complex and without any flaw, but it is rather unusual too.
The taste is spicy-nutty first and develops interesting (somewhat artifical) fruity flavours over time (cherry, strawberry) - like the fruit supplements in cheap yoghurts. I do not like such yoghurt but in a dram this is an amazing experience (in combination with the nuts and spices). I am not sure if this is to everybody's liking but it is unusual and for sure worth a try. Water releases chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother but less interesting, too. I like to have the first dram neat but the second one somewhat reduced to about 43% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying moment (cardboards). The finish is long and adds even more of these strange (artifical) fruity flavours and some bitter notes (hops, tannins) which form a compelling profile towards the end. This is a funny dram to explore and quite unusual - I like it for that!