I was wondering if this was just me - or just Balmenach (I knew Signatory did not always hit it) but... damn - I really appreciated this very good to excellent whisky - would definitely buy again for a decent price.
This is so far beyond say a GlenLivet 21 which at present is simply donkey piss.
Overall: dominated by fruit and a little vanilla/coconut when undiluted, and a tad more bitter and more on herbs and spices with water. Personally I'm more a fan of the undiluted version.
Thanks Menno for the sample!
Directly after pouring: fresh on cut grass, vanilla and malt, a little waxy also. The nose evolves towards a real fruit bomb, with pineapple, peach and these kind of tropical fruits, and a little coconut. The vanilla and wax stay, which is good for the balance. With water, it gets a bit more mellow and a tad waxier.
Without water, it's quite pungent, a bit peppery, and mildly oily. It's less (but still) dominated by the fruit, mainly the tropical variants. There is also vanilla and fresh green herbs. These herbs get more dominant when water is added.
Keeps coming back, which is good of course, with the same elements as in the taste section.
Hay. A little damp earth. Fresh herbs including mint, lemon balm and something medicinal which I can't identify. With time and water - fruit: peaches and apricots and some mango. Raspberry chews. Mineral notes and chalk counterpoint the fruit
Malt. Honey. Intense fruit, offset by a little salt and a pleasant oak astringency