Beautiful gold tone, unfortunately from the chemistry kit. Unnecessary. In the nose, with a whopping 60% water content, the slightly alcoholic character is surprising, which makes me think back to earlier Loch Lomond 'brilliances', especially those in blue tubes. However, as soon as the first brief rush has been overcome, it becomes very pleasant. I note cereals, then vanilla honey sweetness, light fruits, especially canned peaches. Freshly cut apple wedges and old, dry paper. The latter, in particular, is a scent that one instinctively associates with much older malts and which is doubly fun here against this background. Finally, I even think I can perceive tobacco from a freshly used leather pouch. Probably a peat or charring influence. Subordinate, but nonetheless effective and makes the malt appear fuller overall.
A pleasant, mild whisky. Creamy, full-bodied. Slightly peppery heat, breakfast cereals, pleasantly fruity and malty sweet. Vineyard peaches, tangerine juice, spicy wood notes and, above all, a fine carpet of vanilla powder.
Comparatively short, warm aftertaste. In addition, the expected, accompanying fruit sweetness, slightly spicy oak load and a little white pepper. Not as soft as the low alcohol content might suggest. At the very end, a very delicate smoky note, like a smoldering cigarette at the next table.
The result is a flawless, multi-layered entry-level malt that should not only give pleasure to beginners.