...of a Traditional Scotch style dram with a fine nose, an average taste but a rather bitter ending. Nevertheless, it is easy drinkable.
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a fine old stylish Traditional Scotch profile with a balanced mix of distillate- and wood-driven aromas. There are fruity, bready (sourdough), spicy, toffee and chalky-mineral aromas without any off-note. Really nice to sniff for a standard range 18-years old...
The taste is spicy-sweet with lots of peppers, chili, vanilla and toffee-marzipan flavours. The fruits and barley sugars are more shy here but they grow stronger upon chewing - as does the sourdough flavour. Water releases more grassy-floral notes both in the nose and taste but I like the neat dram better, to be honest.
The dram arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with a minor bitter-drying feeling (cold metals). The finish is long and adds more bitter herbal-grassy flavours that provide a rather drying-astringent ending. Actually, this is not balanced anymore and you really have to like such bitter notes to enjoy the finish.