SMWS UK Tasting Panel:
The nose was powdered with garden fragrances (lemon balm, fresh grass, flowers, herbs, saplings); we also found orange oil, sandalwood and leather – and some lovely appetizing aromas that increased with water – gingerbread, chocolate orange, vanilla, toffee apple, caramel, butterscotch and crème Anglaise. The palate was also appetizing, but in a dark, pungent way: our taste-buds tantalized by sherry, sweet coconut, mocha, chilli chocolate, cardamom and clove. Adding water sweetened it – the rich, syrupy soft caramel and toffee over a baked biscuit base dominating more delicate apple, thyme and angelica. This sample, from the Spey near Carron seemed older than its years.