...yep, it is! This is a fine old-style Traditional Scotch that is mostly spirit-driven with delicate fruity, nutty and bready impressions. Very quaffable and interesting to explore with a profile that is hard to find at other distilleries...
[May, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and I fully confirm my old review. In terms of the score I am tempted to raise it to 90 points (one point up both on nose and finish) but I leave it as it was with the first impression. The best is the chocolatey finish, truly superb - and without any drying moments tonight.
The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a delicate and surprisingly rich spirit-driven profile that is centered around fruits, summer floral and bready aromas. This is actually pretty nice, provided you like such old-style profiles. After some breathing additional nutty (almonds), caramel and earthy aromas join in to create an interesting nosing experience. There is a touch of quinces too like you can find in excellent quince schnapps distillations (which are rather hard to find, most quince schnapps are usually too harsh and unbalanced).
The taste is of a nutty-toffee profile with lots of different fruits and spices. It is quite tasty without any off-note or imbalance. After some chewing bitter orange flavours pop up as do oily and waxy impressions. Water releases more bready and mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother with more fruits while the nuttiness vanishes somewhat. I like to nose this dram neat and prefer to drink it a little reduced to about 43% abv.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the spicy-bready side with some bitter dark chocolatey notes. There is a minor drying moment towards the very end which is not distracting.