T: Citrus initially although the sprit is soft to the palate, but after a few sips it reveals itself to be a relaxed sweet malt mouthful with a touch of salt. The wash back maltiness re-reveals itself when the caramel subsides. Figs, hints of orange and toffee help to maintain flavour interest. Wood, pepper and spirit build together nicely.
F: Orange and waxy aniseed freshness manage to overcome the nutty caramel, fudge reprise with a long malty sustain.
C: Good, well balanced, accessible malt. The nose is its biggest drawback but everything else is working although its clearly subdued with the abv and added E150a. Overall, this 12yo lacks firepower and complexity but this would make for a very good introductory single malt for a novice and/or blend drinker.
Scores a C+