This 12 year old bottling from Murry McDavid finishes in 1st fill Oloroso casks for 20 months after an initial bourbon hogshead maturation. The color is natural whisky gold, honest barrels were probably used here and not the syrup barrels with which other bottlers pimp their very young whiskys. The batch comprises 4 casks and yielded 1506 bottles, is not chill-filtered and not coloured. That's the way it should be.
Nutty notes, ground almonds, light spices, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. There is also some fruit in the background, a few orange peels. All this is very reserved, but has its charm. Somehow it corresponds to what you can expect from a 12 year old whisky. It's not a miraculous ripening - and that's a good thing.
The taste of the alcohol is despite the 'only' 46% vol. clearly, so the barrels have worked rather cautiously. This gives the whisky a slightly scratchy wildness, which is softened with a little hazelnut liqueur. The whisky is not sweet, vanilla from the bourbon maturation is rather weak. The fruit tends towards concentrated peach juice, but also remains reserved.
A few notes of wood flash in the aftertaste and some nut also remains on the palate. Not spectacular, but then sustainable and pleasant. Is there maybe a crumb of marzipan as well?
Overall a nice 12 year old whisky that is easy to drink and has retained some roughness. That fits quite well in the Highlands near Pitlochry. In mid-2022, whisky will cost €77 in Germany, which is also an announcement for a 12-year-old. It's tasty but too expensive. It shouldn't cost more than €50-60.