...and this release confirms that finding. It is another high quality dram from (probably) the finest time of this fine distillery - and it is very quaffable. A great pick by Doris, no doubt!
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate profile of honey, waxy, fruity (pineapples and more), grassy and spicy aromas in a well-balanced mix. Not too bold but very enjoyable to sniff... Water turns the nose grassier and more chalky-mineral.
The taste is very sweet on different fruits and honeys and (later) fine molten barley sugars. This sweetness is perfectly contained by some rather bitter herbal and spicy wooden flavours. This dram is greatly chewable and offers lots of additional flavour impressions this way. Water turns both taste and finish more creamy and releases tasty chocolatey notes. I like to nose this dram neat but prefer to drink it somewhat reduced to about 45% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and creamy-coating with a minor bitter-astringent moment (tannins) that is not distracting. The finish is long and adds more spicy flavours that are perfect to enhance the profile further. Towards the end a minor bitter-drying feeling pops up that is still okay but somewhat distracting. A slight reduction with water takes this away.