...and this new edition belongs to the latter again, just like the Auchoisk and Teaninich. It offers some more impressions than the other two but still this is not what I would call a standard malt quality. Again it seems as if Diageo used a lot of rather exhausted casks to create this batch. So "Where Have All the Good Casks Gone?" (remember Pete Seeger?).
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a (somewhat) better profile than both the Auchroisk and Teaninich but still this is rather sub-standard. Beside the sugary-mashy and bitter wooden impressions there are some fine fresh fruits (green apples) and some hints of honeys. Still this is not impressive but it is worth to take a sniff, at least.
The taste is very sweet mainly on barley sugars with some honey and fruity flavours which enrich the profile nicely, this is much better than both the Auchroisk and Teaninich. Later some spices join in and a shy milk chocolatey impression lurks in the background.
The initial mouthfeel is warming with a noticeable coating effect and some hot peppery moments which are not distracting. The finish is short to medium and adds some more chocolatey notes and a minor drying-astringent feeling towards the end (tannins). Forget about water, it just flattens everything.