Immediately a wonderful sweetness flows out of the glass. Honey is teaspoonful on a fruit compote made from juice oranges, grapefruit, ripe pears, apples and a few cherries. Everything is drizzled with a few squirts of lemon juice before reaching into the peppery spice drawer. Fresh wood is clearly noticeable and also brings gentle aromas of dry forest floor and hints of liquorice and a little cocoa. I miss a bit of depth in the fruit aromas, I hardly find cooked dark fruits here. The wood note doesn't quite meet my taste and personally stands out too much from the variety of flavors.
In my mouth I have an interplay of a peppery start and sweet honey notes. At the beginning, wonderful fruits flash here and there, but the peppery heat banishes them to the back seats before the tannins take the stage. Liquorice, the cocoa is now turning into coffee, some tobacco and leather announce themselves ... the whisky is a bit too peppery for me.
The finish is medium-long and is dominated by pepper and tart notes such as liquorice, coffee, tobacco, leather and some forest soil. The fruits are barely left, the sweetness of honey leaves only subtle traces, but is still noticeable. While the honey then leaves the mouth early, the tannins and a very slight dryness remain in the mouth. I like the finish better than the taste in the mouth, since the sharpness no longer dominates everything.
Although the whisky has a great drinking strength for me, I dilute it with a little water to see whether I can get the peppery notes under control better. The honey now comes through even better, the sharpness is reduced a little and leaves a little more space for the other flavors. For me clearly better than undiluted, although the pepperiness does not completely disappear ... but the spiciness on the tongue is now much more bearable.
Overall, this is a delicious whisky that I really enjoyed. Would I buy a large bottle of it? No. Not because it is not worth the 60 €, because it is better than some whiskys that I have tried so far and are significantly more expensive. But for the money I would rather go for Aberlour A'Bunadh or Glendronach 15.
I got 86/100 points.