and actually rather brutal. If you like sweet or gentle whiskies or if you’re
mainly in to sherry monsters, stay away. If you enjoy your whisky raw and ”worm
tubsy” – beyond Craigellachie, think young Old Pulteney, perhaps also
young Springbank – then this will be right up your alley. For me, it’s
The first quick impression is ”what?! Is this
tequila?” Once that shock settles, there is much to discover here. Phenolic;
medicinal, raw, immature in the most positive sense (I would *never* have
guessed twelve years of age on the first impression of the nose in a blind
test). Motor oil; grass; seaweed; citrus (lemon, red grapefruit); raw meat;
chili powder, or a rub containing chili powder; some dusty old dried flowers.
Water lifts up that lovely crude motor oil and adds a tone of slightly burned
earth and fried spices. Way back, a hint of lemon and merengue pie. This is
raw, unpolished and not for the faint-hearted.
Markedly sweeter than the nose. Honey with dried
flowers (is that heather I feel?), grapefruit, and yes, that motor oil again,
and loads of it; a hint of vanilla in the background. With water, delicate
grassy notes; lemon; flowers and spun sugar, although those oily notes still
A wonderful mix of fresh spcies (rosemary, thyme)
being fried in oil at maximum heat, that motor oil again; lemon zest; vanilla
candy. With water: less…demanding, shall we say? Those notes of oil recede and
the sweeter notes dominate together with the lemon.