note by WhiskyCorner:
Nose: First thing you notice is
the alcohol burn, but as this tapers off you pick up a lovely sweetness,
much like a Highland Toffee bar, but one that’s been warmed up in your
pocket all day, despite the overwhelming, comforting vanilla and
Demerara sugar, there is a hint of tropical fruits, warm pineapple with
an undercurrent of warm dates and figs. There is wonderful aroma of hot
buttered crumpets with lashings of honey with a little spicy cardamom, a
slight hint of an autumn dusk, with the lovely musky smell of damp
leaves. Tailing off with lingering sweet notes with a touch of sage.
At odds with the palate, the initial
taste is a lot drier than I expected, picking up more of an overall
bitter note, still some sweetness, but with a burnt edge, like the top
of homemade rice pudding, dark chocolate ensconced cherries, with a hint
of truffle, and buttery almonds. Citrus starts to develop, though I
think more orange than lemon, although this does start to come through
at the roof of the mouth. Slight coffee grounds and damp earth. Just
as you think you’ve had all the flavour out of it, the buttery vanilla
comes back in, bringing a fresh wave of sweetness, evocative of warm hay
and lazy summers. The Finish is long and complex, ever evolving.
Nose: Fresh oatcakes, large hit of
alcohol, you can tell it’s cask strength, once that dissipates then a
whirlwind of citrus encircles your nose, mostly lemon and lime. Very
zesty, before going back to the oatcakes. Fresh cut grass, blowing
about on a fresh spring day before ending with the sweetness of figs.
Palate: Wow! Warm honey gliding
all over your tongue, coating every part of your mouth, spice follows
with a kick before bursting into popping candy. The citrus from the
nose has all but gone and in its place are liquorice laces melting with
buttered chocolate. The finish is wonderful, you can feel it travelling
right down your throat, enticing you to take another sip.