filigree fruitiness which is balanced by the wood and tender spiciness.
Opens up quite nicely with water and becomes multi-layered, flavourful
and pleasantly drinkable.
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Alcoholic bite at first (no wonder, it is 66% abv!), but behind that
curtain there's a lovely fruitiness of ripe pears, apricots and peaches.
Creamy vanilla emerges, lingering with subtle sherry flavours, a
filigree nuttiness and a whiff of oak in the back.
Strong and intense on the palate. Tender fruity notes of apricots and
peaches, deliciously mixed with creamy blossom honey. This is
immediately followed by a bold and steadily increasing alcoholic warmth.
Towards the finish, bitter notes of orange peel and grapefruit emerge.
The finish is medium in length, with warming spices and creamy yellow
fruit jam. Slightly bitter with grapefruit and orange peel, mixed with
dry oak on the tail.
WITH WATER: A decent amount of water opens up
this Highland malt. There's more fruits coming through on the nose,
intermingling with vanilla and a bit more sherry derived flavours. Sweet
and lovely fruity on the palate with pears, peaches and apricots, mixed
with custard and creamy honey. Still warming but with a significantly
tamed alcoholic bite, followed by spiced oak, cinnamon and a hint of
pepper. The finish is a bit shorter with creamy honey and sticky yellow
fruit, followed by dry notes of oak and cocoa on the tail.