30ml sample at home, May 2022.
Nice light golden yellow colour.
Aroma is dark wood, some cocoa powder, yet also vaguely grapey and a slight impression of some apricoty new make towards the end, becoming sherbety and later on some brown sauce. A touch toned down but quite pleasant.
Taste is barley- forward, biscuity and husky, the biscuity flavours dominate but are supported by a faint fruitiness - again a slight apricot note and some apple flesh before an oaken bitterness comes in. After a while I start getting some marzipan.
I like this. I like the flavour profile. I like the fact that it’s intended to showcase Swedish oak and indeed it has a lovely oak character. I like the way the oak and the spirit complement each other. Its not the most complex. The flavour notes aren’t particularly unusual. But it’s a solid, well made and enjoyable whisky. Really good. 3.7/88