This nose is quite genius. Fruitiness & Freshness. There is a big hit of freshness on the nose. Green herbs are responsible for this. The combination of well layered European oak influences are a delight. Red grapes, leather, cinnamon and wood polish. There is also some sort of grain-like flavor to be found. It reveals it’s younger age but it also confirms to me that this whisky is not completely dominated by the cask, although the cask influence is pretty clear. So that’s a positive :)
The palate is very well rounded after just 11 years and at CS. It’s rich and full of flavor. Licorice, dried plumbs, ripe banana’s and red grapes. A pleasant mouthfeel with a very good balance at CS. This does not need water.
Medium-long length. In the finish quite surprisingly a short whiff of grain-like glue passed by. I did not see that one coming. After that, the cask restores the balance but it gives a nice lively touch to it. The European oak offers quite some pleasant oak influence. It’s giving tasty and juicy fruitiness and a good, fresh herbal layer.
This whisky is certainly not boring, it’s rather exciting. A lot is happening and it sends you in several fun directions, before ending in the good one. My Miltonduff experiences where rather boring so far, with maybe a couple of exceptions. This is such an exception. For me this is worth buying one or two bottles.