For such a relative simple bottling; nothing fancy, a bit sanitized, it has taken me many tastings to get to know this whisky. It takes water very well, it is not easily drowned. Even a 1:1 ratio does not necesarily kill it (see below). And still just 43% abv. Many indies available. This is how the owner Diageo wants to show it, via their own indie outlet: F&F. Happy with that.
Grainy. Nuts. Light sweetness. Bread dough. Metallic. Savoury herbs dressed with sugar. Marzipan and honey. With water the nose is very different. All separately definable notes are integrated in 1 undefinable aroma (and we call it: whisky). No hint of alcohol in the nose.
The arrival is full and hot. Quickly shifting into a medium-long development of sweet and sour of juicy oranges, tangerines, some lemon. With water the heat in the arrival is gone. In fact, the arrival is gone. One big and long development of all sorts of juicy fresh citrus fruits and barley sugar. In the background there are the savoury dried herbs.
The finish is dominated by a dryeness and bitterness of citrus white flesh. And later it becomes sweeter, leaving the aftertaste of barley sugar.
Good, simple and pleasant, the summer is silent, especially good flavor, taste / finish is simpler, but also do not cause any complaints.
Open, dry, the first nose - bright apple-floral hues, then the intensity noticeably decreases, the tree comes out to the fore, the mineral motifs - stone crumbs, raw masonry mortar; some vegetables - radish, daikon; lemon peel.
Very fine whisky, unfortunately nothing interesting
From the beginning, a very fine scent that needs to be developed for a while. After a while there are nuts and light eels. For a time, quite a bit of spiciness and peaches, vanilla and hay.
The fruit is sprouted with a thin honey syrup in combination with a later cereal flavor that only occasionally disturbs more sour lemon tones. Overall, the flavor is as light as scent, and only the spice is mentioned.
Cereal and drying with a rising light spiciness - short
Sweet malt, slightly pungent, yet round & fine. A tiny little smoke, an idea chocolates, slightly nutty. Also with water a bit malt & slightly nutty. A little fruit with milk chocolate, a hint of raisin, in the background a little apple.
Warm and soft at the beginning with a hint of grassiness. Slightly nutty, including a little fruit, with a certain sharpness at the end. Water makes it appear much nuttier. Again, malty with apple notes. Fruity, creamy, sweet.
Slightly nutty oiliness, some lemon & orange. Nuts also cover the tongue with water, light floral notes and a small punctual growth.
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