Nose: The nose screams “Bruichladdich” to me from the first sniff, which is good/bad depending on your preferences. Not sure I can put my finger on the exact note, but it’s quite clear. It’s sweet with orchard fruit, bright apples, and also quite some grain / porridge / barley sugars here. The sweet profile is balanced by some citrus notes, and maybe some oak char, as well as wine tannins (red wine), which are quite noticeable, but not over the top. Further nosing reveals some mint leaves and herbaceous notes along with toffee and marzipan. It certainly is an interesting start, with the right balance and complexity.
Palate: A peppery and spicy entry , with chilly, pepper and ginger powder giving way to sweeter notes : brioche and berry jam, wood spices and more dessert wine notes, and tannins.A nice dullop of oak, citrus and kirschwasser , with quite some sugar and clove.
Finish: long and sweet with sugar, more oak, and the dessert wine tannins along carmel and red fruit go a long way.
Conclusion: This is indeed an interesting whisky, while complex and quite sweet, it is really likable and easy-drinking, but i would have to say, it is good, but I usually prefer my Laddies with some smoke, as I feel they really shine at PC level and UP. Having said that, Bruichladdich (not PC, or Octomorem, but plain laddie fans ) are going to really like this one. It’s well made, but I’ve tried better editions in past years.