This is quite an impressive single malt. Rich, round and mature. The
alcohol is very well integrated with a lovely balance of sweetness,
inebriant fruitiness and an intense spiciness. A representative example
of this relatively young distillery producing an incredibly sweet and
fruity whisky style, often regardless of the cask type they're using.
Yummy old Allt-á-Bhainne - best with a splash of water.
The nose starts off with delicate ripe orchard fruits - apricots,
mangos, and pineapples, followed by notes of strawberry mixed with
custard cream and a slight touch of toffee. This is complimented by a
whiff of sweet oak spice in the back.
Sumptuously sweet and fruity with peaches, apricots and tender lemons.
The palate delivered what the nose promised. This is immediatley
followed by a bold and warming spiciness of pepper, even chilli, oak and
caramelized ginger. Very round with delicate notes of toffee and
vanilla, accompanied by a sticky honey sweetness towards the finish.
The finish is medium long, slightly warm with a tender sweet and fruity aroma, followed by dry notes of oak and nutmeg.
WITH WATER: Very fruity, creamy and slightly sweet on the nose with a
few drops of water. There's delicate vanilla, nicely intermingling with
toffee and a wee touch of oak in the back. The whisky becomes smoother
on the palate as water tames a bit of the intense spiciness on the
tongue. Sweet and citrussy with vanilla and creamy caramel. The finish
is a bit shorter, sweet, and fruity with a lovely honeyed note. The
dryness on the tail is almost gone.