This is the first time I’m trying any whisky from the Glann ar Mor distillery [courtesy of the Foz], and like buses, two [Kornog’s] come along at once – a 3yo followed by a 15yo.
N: Clean, assured, established [Caol Ila-esque, yet not], biscuit/crumble-sweet, the fruitiness from apples > pears = melons [over grilled pineapples with a suggestion of fireworks?], various metals [tin cans] something mineral & slightly meaty,… [tinned] tuna,… oysters?, Fimo~plasticine, synthetic shoe-wear [in shops], something of sweet chilli sauce about it [take away the blatant sugar & chilli – what?].… enough already,.. yet there’s more and more if you are so inclined – and at just 3 years old? Wow! Cracking nose.
T: Arrives texturally with a desirable softness, yet conversely, it’s also rather driven [that’s its youth]. Profile-wise, it’s salty, slightly [dried] herbal, gently [Pisco] sweet yet with well-tempered aromatic peppery spice and an easy yet mindful prolonged travel into,…
F: ,… a salty < barley-sweet [slightly fishy – tinned tuna again,.. just very slightly] easy yet focused cruising finish, the mouth well coated considering this one’s youthful spirity quality. That peatiness [also toasting/charring?] is so impressively integrated, relaxed, and yet present.
C: Delicious accomplished [Caol Ila-esque – yet not – with Longrow and Kilkerran vibes in there also, and yet not] whisky. There’s no need to talk of age or casks here though surely we must be in the first-fill bourbon cask realm ? Furthermore, the youthfulness/maturity balance is fabulous. Is this the best available NAS/3yo whisky on the market right now? Discuss.