Pronounced and immediately oily and sticky. A real harmony of subtle sweet smoke with tropical fruits, and a suitably maritime steely and salty breeze. Two distinct strands going on here – a caster sugar coated, candy cane fruitiness which makes me reminisce of cooking cinnamon dusted pineapple chunks (rum cask right?) over an open fire – alongside profoundly mineral notes of wet slate, sea pebbles and sandy beaches. There’s some citrus providing a little liveliness and some old notes of musty cardboard boxes and dunnage warehouses with their undisturbed damp soil. Intriguing.
Light and at the same time unctuous offering a sharp tang on arrival which gradually subsides into something more silky, buttery and subtle. Pineapple is now joined by apples and pears and more pronounced citrus provides real ‘bite’. Both maritime salinity and oak maturation pepperiness are dialled up a notch now and enhance and amplify the mineral notes. Smoke has subsided into the back of the palate where it’s earthy, pungent and yet still providing some of the sweeter notes which balance against the quartz-sharp minerality which runs through the very heart of this whisky. Resting this dram offers some new notes with meaty leathers and furniture polish coming out to play – both add yet more complexity to an already absorbing dram.
Long with a sharp coastal tang and drying astringency.