N: Very unusual nose that’s based around a very delicate yet dominant beery/yeasty wort. Four years in a first fill [bourbon] cask gives this malt this a huge nose. It opens up to reveals itself as a fairly balanced, spiced affair with heather=peat coming through. Its rather salty too, a little like like a young coastal Islay, but actually more an Ardmore from the Eastern Highlands.
T: Very boozy on the palate that includes an equal oaky~maltiness, cloves, junipers and a herbal depth with a burnt/smokey nature. Its very ’toasty’ with some roughness, becoming rather harsh after a short while just before the turn into the home straight.
F: Not much, but a more pleasing lingering at least. The barley base is intact, and like a chocolate spirit towards the end. Rather tasty despite not being that accomplished. Bats above its station in this respect.
C: Another idiosyncratic malt from Mackmyra, like the Brukswhisky WB - but this one doesn’t exactly work for me. More interesting than good. Dave Broom scores it a mere 67.
Scores a D+