...and it is good too, but not as excellent as the TWA. This is an easy quaffable and enjoyable dram which I would serve to my friends without doubts anytime, but I would not buy another bottle (like I did with the TWA). Worth to try.
The colour is amber and the nose offers a fresh and impressive profile of barley sugars, spices and nuts. Contrary to the TWA the fruits are very shy here but nonetheless it is nice to sniff - not more, not less.
The taste recalls the profile of the nose with molten sugars, vanilla and other spices (ginger, peppers), grassy and floral notes, waxes and nuts. All nicely balanced in a borderline wooden structure which is not over the top yet. Again this is easy and enjoyable to sap - not more, not less.
The dram arrives warming and coating on my palate with some minor bitter-astringent moments (tannins at work). The finish is medium to long and turns more to the bitter tannic side without getting unpleasant. Some water turns both nose and taste more punchier while a further reduction releases autumn floral aromas in the nose (dry hay stacks) and toffee and liquorice flavours on the palate while the bitter tannic impressions vanish almost completely. I clearly prefer this dram reduced to about 45% abv.