SAMPLEN: Oh yes, this is a serious contender right here. Oily and jammy just the way i like it with gammon, apple, pineapple, ginger and lots of oak without going overboard.
T: Truly fabulous.
F: This appears to be alot older that its 17 years suggest. Super cask
C: This is without doubt my standout favourite malt of whiskylive '15, another cracker recommended by Billy. Ive bought a few bottles so will be reviewing this in more depth later.
Scores an A-
‘A volatile savoury=sweet affair’
N: Sweet, salty, sugared peanuts, crisps, breads, estery porridge with oatmeal. Later on theres orange oil, pear juice, vanilla flapjack and sherried almond oil.
T: Sugary, oily, peaty umami - fab! Continues down this vein with sweet=mild orange juice and a sweet maltiness going into the finish. Theres lots of spirit along the way. Its a stark affair with no makeup which makes this slightly rough and tannic but also its sweet/sour clumsiness wont fail to charm the socks off you. Bitter oak kicks in and its peppery now taking its time to mellow into the finish. Water takes the spirit edge off and brings out the dry, active oak. Quite a simple one to read despite the twists and turns. Whilst the arrival is more sherried, by the end of the development its acting more like a bourbon cask.
F: Sweet, salty peanuts and carrots. with a zesty [orange>lemon=grapefruit] vodka spirit finish. Lots of chew with its waxy mouthfeel. Its a volatile dram with the spirit and oak having a tussle to the last. Exhausted, they are both out of breath at the finish line. Its a sour/dry G&T vibe conclusion
C: A volatile savoury=sweet affair, sometimes rough, sometimes fabulous - love it. Scoring this was a challenge. Its a A- going on C+ and in the end scores a B.
Scores a B