This is a very tasty and stylized malt. It sits right in that dry-waxy-herbal-fresh flavour profile, which I happen to really enjoy. It feels like Compass Box knew exactly what they wanted this whisky to taste like, and nailed it. In my experience, it’s probably most similar to something like Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask or Tobermory 10. It’s at about the same quality level for me too: very good and refined, but not quite mind-blowing.
Nose: Fresh, sweet, and refined. Loads of buttery shortbread biscuits. Fresh green fruit, honey, and a Clynelish-y paraffin note. Key lime pie, banana, vanilla, and rich malt. A bit of a dusty graphite note, and some walnut. Some floral and herbal something or other, maybe in between thyme and lavender. Some cardamom as well.
Palate: Light but oily texture. Malt and honey give way to sweet-tart fruit: green grapes, nectarine, unripe pear. Develops into wax, oak, black pepper, and sesame seeds. There’s an interesting balance between vanilla creaminess and oaky astringency. I’m getting a mix of wood sugar and barley sugar. Herbs, walnut, cucumber, and more pepper. Just a little bit of cocoa powder.
Finish: Herbal and mouthwatering. Grape must, coconut, and passionfruit. More wax. Black pepper, cardamom, and clove. A bit of a mineral note. Sandalwood and wood sugars. Some sweetness eventually breaks through the dryness: distant toffee and cotton candy.