First of all a good momentum malt, accompanied by a pretty meaty note. The amount of wood, which comes through again and again is audible, but discreet and very pleasant. In between, always memories of rather dry forest soil and soil. The latter remind me a bit of slightly advanced Talisker in old age, though certainly more restrained here. Citrus aromas and traces of honey are rarely, but always heard.
Beautiful, balanced nose, which highlights the high degree of maturity of this Speysiders.
Again, it is first of all a decent portion of malt, which pervades, detached from strong, gently bitter impressions, a powerful spicy way down the palate. You do not have to dilute here.
A touch of Mon-cherie cherry in the midst of a well-reverberating powerhouse, which looks more youthful here than in the nose.