N: Ooh, a ‘sweet’ one, but not Tobermory port pipe-sweet. This is rich, oily-rich, slightly meaty, cotton wool?. Seems pointless offering descriptors here, this one has grabbed me instantly and I love it from the off.
T: That’s different, almost a neutral flavour experience which could well suggest some extreme taste-centre activity that my brain is calibrating to neutral – like the lemons vs peaches thing. In fact, peach-sweetened oysters and lemons might just do it as descriptors. Then there’s the dryish-sootiness. I get oily meaty salivating light-oyster sauce-d rice > watercress,… what?? Swirls,…. the mouthfeel is something else.
F: Surprisingly short savoury-dry, at times, but with a continuing salivating saline oiliness – go figure!? Lingers charmingly.
C: Not sure my notes have done this malt any justice, but I find it one unique dram. Though I’m no big PX-finished fan, this is arguably one of the best PX-finished examples I’ve come across, peated or otherwise. Price-wise, shame it’s off the charts. Though not necessarily ‘perfect’, it’s a contemporary classic for sure. For that reason, it’s the best of the bunch tonight.