I like these 20cl bottles. An ideal volume for assessing/judging without the burden of a full bottle. Then again, when the whisky is good, it’s not enough.
N: Instantly likeable, well rounded, well balanced barley spirit suitably aged. Waxy sweet-savoury with sweet lemon putty, wholemeal pitta, paratha bread, a touch of sweet veg mash, cake dough with cooked raisins, tonic water and a [Malden] saltiness. Add a sprinkle of meaty [gammon] soot to that.
T: Firm/controlled-sharp peppery-citrus attack. Very soon the mouthfeel gets to work, enveloping the palate and focusing in on waxy, chilli lemon. More saline with water, towards a fluffy-dry-soft barley direction. Water subdues the chilli no end, allowing the fine distillate with an even finer mouthfeel coating to get to work.
F: Sustained mouthfeel oozing. Waxy to oily buttery before eventually concluding with the kind of finish you’d expect from a G&T. Hints of chilli & pepper keep the barley subtlety seasoned & sustained.
C: On this occasion, it turns out 20cl wasn’t so optimal. A full bottle is currently going for under €40 in Germany & Holland, lucky neighbours.
Scores a B