Palate: Boom. it’s rather massive but not overly so, considering the 67% it’s a nice surprise. You still get a spicy pepper / chilly entry, and then load of prunes and jam, a ripe orange marmalade and also smoky notes of BBQ marinade, and some cured meat, cinnamon and spent matches.
Finish: Sugars and prune jam, some smoke, and getting a little bitter with a coffee touch to it, and also cardamom.
This, my friends, is a cracking young whisky. Again I find myself asking Why don’t Glenrothes bother to bottle some of that stuff at natural strength, with real flavours, and not the boring stuff they usually do (young NAS, or indistinct vintages).