Bottle code 17/0117 03/10/2017 (bottled 03.10.2017)
Tasted 3 December 2016 from a bottle which had been less than half full for >1 year. Tasted against CR 12 (83p), JW BL 12 (84p) and Upper Ten (86p).
Nose: Diesel, machine room, campfire smoke, maritime (salty, oily) sweetness, on the verge of being a slightly sickening smell. A few drops of water really doesn't change anything.
Taste: Quite smoky, ashes or soot in the arrival, some dryness on the mid palate, then a noticeable burn which feels to be more alcohol than wood tannins (no pepper). Simpler and less complex than the two 12 YOs. With a few drops of water the ash and soot tone down, but otherwise it remains much the same.
Tasted winter 2015/16
Nose: Smoke, ash and diesel, some sweetness, then some peat and machine oil. A bit disjointed, but not a bad nose.
Palate: Some alcohol burn, a bit harsh, with some sherry like sweetness hidden behind.
Finish: A bit short and inelegant.
The nose is by far the best part of this experience and shows some class. Unfortunately this whisky doesn't follow up in the mouth. But hey, after all it's just a medium to low priced blend.
Tasted winter 2015/16(?)
Nose: Peat, sherry, honey, vanilla and some citrus. Also, further into the smell, some not so attractive synthetic notes.
Taste (needs a few drops of water!): Peaty and peppery. Traces of mint and chocolate. Quite nice.
Finish: Medium long with pepper, chocolate and cereal but also some bitterness at the end..
All in all a very nice (for the price) everyday, peated dram! Good value at DKK 139 / EUR 18.50 (less than half the price of Johnny Walker Black Label). Total score 3 of 5.