‘Its a journey dram, backpacker styley’
N: Its certainly a speysider with an abundance of fruity depth, sweet apples a plenty with some orange, cherry, melon and even a touch of papaya in their too. Theres a nutty, mineral oiliness to it and after some time the peat is showing itself prominently - conjuring an apple orchid enriched with conservative measures of fresh farmyard fertiliser, alongside a mild peat-loaf [no typo] with cabbage! Later theres chocolate, hazelnut & vanilla custard with a touch of kiwi citrus juice, a pinch of dried coconut and chocolate, oat-cereal mash. Most rewarding so far.
T: Busy arrival neat - tar, mud and wood with a pepper zing [ethanol bold], later turning to an apple marmalade. With water everything is more refined and paced. Rich, honeyed, ripe fruits led the way to a peppery then mineral, woody maltiness, a clay-like-cereal maltiness with dried apple and oak tannins that leads into the finish. Its not an easy read, every mouthful offering differences in profile and direction. Much to discover.
F: Chalky/old/dry wood, dry straw/malt and a pistachio finish with dry-apple, vanilla and cigarette ash at the death. Long-medium finish
C: Gorgeous nose followed by colourful curiosities. Its a journey dram, backpacker styley. With more time and more of it, this could be scoring an A grade but considering its ‘trickiness’, its safe to assume with this sample a top B grade.
Scores a B+