...and it is a fine Traditional Scotch that is best when reduced with a fair share of water. The neat dram is rather simple and very sweet but the reduced one opens up nicely and shows a much more complex and balanced profile. That is why I always try my drams with some water added, too...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate honey and fruity profile with hints of peat and marzipan. It is not the most complex one but it is very enjoyable and truly old-stylish. No off-note that I can find. Water releases much more aromas like herbal, waxy and oily notes - it does a great deal in the nose...
The taste is sweet on ripe yellow fruits, heather honey and different barley sugars with shy spices and woods. Later some toffee and white chocolatey flavours join in that turn the profile even more sweet - to me this is too much sweetness and I miss some bitter or spicy or umami counter-flavours. Nonetheless, very quaffable... Water turns both the dram and finish smoother and adds herbal and waxy flavours that are highly welcomed to balance the taste. I like this dram best when reduced to about 40% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and not very much coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and stays very sweet without bitter or drying moments again. Some shy peaty flavours dare to pop up towards the end (why don't they come earlier?) that enhance the tasting impression.