N: Perhaps this expression sits rather well in-between the Amarone and the Sauternes. I like the balanced complexities on show here. With plenty to explore over time, sweet and savoury delights await.
T: There’s no doubt we are still in grapevine territory, though Arran’s Amarone still shines through by comparison. Perhaps the previous two malts have thrown me off, but here we’ve plenty of glimpses of flavourful kitchen dishes along the way. We are talking about gravy [quince] jam, apricots & plums in [meat] stews,… plus a greasy mouthfeel.
F: More metallic > mineral/chalky action and just a touch of aromatic detergent/soapiness towards a sour conclusion. Resinous casks – the oak itself – also show here.
C: Good whisky if a touch,… muddled [slightly painting by numbers?]