This bottle was my birthday gift to my buddy Niek. As I had not tried it yet myself and being quite impolite as usual, I had brought a sample bottle to take home a dram. Niek did not mind. We go way back.
Fairly sweet nose with a surprising touch of pine cones. Almonds and a hint of garden herbs go hand in glove with the obligatory fruit. Apples, oranges and a handful of gooseberries. I cannot help it, but when sniffing this, I get the color green in my mind’s eye.
Pretty oily, almost creamy, on the palate. Immediately very spicy. Cardamom, cloves, saffron. The fruit is limited to oranges and some grapefruit. Hint of marzipan.
Lovely, round finish that is fairly long and warm. Fine.
Nothing earth shattering, but a nice dessert malt nonetheless.