A perfect example of a delicious and well-crafted old blend that combines the best of different distillery and maturation profiles. Very quaffable and recommended to anybody who wants to explore the "old style" of Scotch without spending tons of bucks on old collectible single malt bottlings...
The nose immediately offers this adorable old bottle flavour (OBF) besides lots of different fruits, spring flowers, herbs and spicy woods. A really nice composition and I could swear that some casks in this batch were much older than just 12 years (what was quite usual in earlier times when the warehouses were full of old stuff). This is a very complex and balanced nose that is recommended to everybody who wants to train his/her olfactory cells. I like it!
The taste is sweet on fruity and honey flavours with stronger spicy notes than the nose. It is chewable and balanced but not as complex as is the nose. Water is not needed unless you prefer a more herbal profile (water increases these flavours in particular).
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a slight peppery feeling that is not unpleasant. The finish is of medium length and adds more spicy-herbal impressions. A tiny cardboardy feeling from older woods at the very end is the only (minor) flaw that I can find in this dram.