NOSE: Deep malt notes, barley juice, floral-citrusy perfume, rosehip, summer honey, lemon cake, green grapes. (89p) A few drops of water brings out a lot more sweet barley juice on the nose as well as some barnyard funk and cucumber. (90p)
TASTE: The arrival is salty, dry and mineral. On the mild palate there is quite a lot of barley; barley juice, smoked barley, a hint of very dry bacon (87-88p) A few drops of water makes the whisky oilier and sweeter. (89-90p)
FINISH: Dry, mineral, a bit austere. (87p) With a few drops of water; oilier and less dry. Grassy. (88-89p)
OVERALL: Very similar to the Springbank 10 YO. Not a beginner’s malt.
TOTAL SCORE (89) 90 points.