...and this bottling is a perfect example for this. A 17-years old from a third-tier distillery with the simple profile of a blending base malt provides just a limited drinking pleasure to single malt connoisseurs and therefore is not worth more than 50-60 Euro - unless you are a fan of blending base malts (I never met one so far) or you do not have to care about prices at all because of your deep pockets (but than you would buy more interesting stuff, surely). Do not get me wrong, Diageo: It is okay to release such profiles from time to time to provide drinkers the opportunity to experience what blenders prefer but it should be priced accordingly!
[December, 2020] I re-tasted this dram again and fully confirm my old review and score. Nothing wrong about this whisky, but still I miss any good reason to drink more of it given all these delicious other drams out there which are priced more reasonably (still).
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a punchy (alcoholic) and rather unimpressive profile of grassy-floral aromas without any highlights to discover. There are no flaws either (the least to expect from such a release) but even after playing around a lot with water this profile does not release any interesting notes. To be honest: Sniffing this dram is quite boring.
The taste is all about daf-stuff (drink and forget), exactly what blenders like as a base malt for their compositions because it adds substance without pre-setting any flavours directions already (as there are no interesting flavours at all). Great to create blends, rather boring to drink as a single malt. Exactly this is the destiny of the bottle I bought, too: I will use it to pep-up other flavoursome but under-powered malts like the 18-years old Cardhu or 21-years old Aberfeldy but to be honest - it is way too expensive for such blending purposes...
The mouthfeel is warming and coating with some peppery-punchy moments which are a little distracting. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the malty-mashy side which makes this dram to appear much younger, actually this does no favour to the drinking pleasure. There are significant drying-astringent impressions towards the end which I do not like. Some water does not change a lot while a further reduction releases some fruity impressions both in the nose and on the palate but still these stay very shy. I like this dram best when reduced to about 40% abv.