Promises sweet indulgences
Cask No. G10.3
NOSE: This amazing and intriguing nose got us excited straight away, as the aromas were both delicious yet atypical. We found vanilla bean gelato; fudge (made from Baileys!), porridge, and a juicy fruit flan. After the initial nosing, the oak started to kick in.... reminding one panellist of walking through the lumber section at Bunnings! There were also lychees, tapioca, and mushroom risotto. Water brought out wood shavings, demerara sugar, and coffee crystals. Rich, complex, full, and very appealing.....
PALATE: By now, we were starting to cotton on that this might be a grain. The delicious flavour was prominent with vanilla bean, cream, custard, white chocolate, bourbon, and rice pudding with cinnamon. We felt it improved with a few drops of water - the mouthfeel became richer and oilier, and there was an explosion of both fruit and crème brûlée.
FINISH: Sweet and dessert-like. Sherbert. White icy poles. It’s all creamy and very mouthwarming and mouthfilling.
COMMENTS: A dessert whisky that weaves in and out of sweet territory effortlessly whilst making excursions to worlds of savoury goodness. Definitely a dram that improves with a small splash of water, and the dram becomes sweeter and more bourbon-like, the longer you leave it in the glass. This is one of the best grain whiskies we’ve had for a while. If you’ve yet to be convinced about grains, this might be the one that sways you.
Six more bottles from Scotland!
UK Tasting Panel: The nose evoked a breakfast buffet – bran-flakes, porridge, honey, marmalade (lots of orange notes) and maple syrup on waffles. We also identified random hints of carrot cake, ginger nuts, faint perfume and laminate flooring. The palate was immediately attractive, promising sweet indulgences – butterscotch, toffee éclairs, orange creams and floral perfumes, with ginger, cinnamon and clove not far behind. The reduced nose was very sweet, just held in check by gentle spices. The palate was now a silky, velvety experience – millionaire’s shortbread, crème brûlée – liquid honey sunshine filtering through a filigree trellis of oak. This Gorbals-based distillery was built in 1927.
Colour: Yellow gold