This dram is another good example of the unique Banff distillery profile. It offers a very complex and interesting combination of the Traditional Scotch old Highland style with some austere and rarely to find industrial aromas and flavours. Hey, this really reminds me of standing in an old Highland distillery building with rusted but still working machinery and walls not painted for decades...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a rich and delicate old style Highland profile with dozens of different aromas. Beside the traditional honey-waxy-fruity notes there are fine spring floral and grassy aromas as well as spices (mustard, horseradish, ginger) and hints of peat. Even some industrial notes like machine oil and concrete dust are in this mix (as if the distillery was just demolished, but this happened later). A very interesting and enjoyable nose - but certainly too austere for modern style lovers...
The taste is nicely layered with a sweet start (fruits and honeys) followed by a wave of hot and slightly bitter spices and herbs before fine oils sooth that. Next are again some bitter notes of green tea and cold metals followed by waxy-peaty impressions before the sweet fruits and honeys start a glorious comeback. Hey, what a great movie on my palate! But again I am not sure if this appeals to lovers of the modern "designed" malts... Water releases more fruits (bananas, over-ripe apples, pineapples and more) and oily aromas in the nose what is great and the taste gets much more spicy (peppers, chili, wasabi). I like to nose this dram somewhat reduced but prefer the neat taste (using two glasses).
The dram arrives a little hot and nicely coating on the palate with a minor drying metallic mouthfeel that is not distracting (rather enjoyable). The finish is long and adds more grassy-floral notes in a sweet cocky's joy - what a unique combo! I do not remember any other distillery ever replicated such a taste and finish. By the way, no distracting moment here either - just the minor drying-metallic feeling pops up towards the end again and still I like this.