T: Rather light arrival, no fruit here - its about the malt with touch of pepper as the body thickens to a cream, not much happening so far. Mature wood shows now, thats nice - unobstructed oak, thats rare. Ok, so this is a two horse race - a creamy malt spirit with bitter & vigorous oak. Doesn’t need water, gets quite big during development and a tad harsh.
F: Wood turns splintery, spirity and bitter. Bitter, oaky, earthy, chicory conclusion with a chemical note at the tail. The caramel is miniscule.
C: Its not often you come across a single malt so simple yet competent in showcasing its two most fundamental flavour components so fully, namely malt, spirit and oak which here are rather equally matched [one example though is Glen Scotia 1977 WB], Theres very little else is going on but hey, this one definitely passes the ‘I’m a single malt whisky’ test with aptitude. Can’t argue with that.
Scores a B-