Mineral and herbaceous with a sour side of green apple. Clear notes of beeswax and propolis.
Some fruit in the form of pear, apple, tangerine. Grated orange peel.
Quite burning pure, personally too much alcoholic for me when starting out.
With a few drops of water on the drum, the malt opens up nicely.
Very, very oily in the mouth and there is a lot to discover.
Waxy honey notes (dark honey), fruit notes of mirabelle plum, quince and apple, some tangerine. A note of herbal tea (sage and rosemary).
Diluted to about 46%, the fruity side comes out really strong.
With a few drops of water, it is more oak-accentuated, and with around 48% it comes across as nicely fruity and waxy, with only a slight bitterness.
A malt that only works properly for me with water. From my point of view, a good example of the fact that it is not always necessary to use cask strength or that this is not always optimal.
However, the joy of experimentation is rewarded with a really great, versatile and multi-layered malt. Even if the label is ambiguous with regard to the distillery, we tend to a distillery from Sutherland.
After trying it several times and making a direct comparison with a supposed sister barrel, I revise it from 91 to 90 points