NOSE: Already straight out of the bottle, this smells nicely of serious whisky with an initial nose of malt, minerals, iodine and light smoke. Like a cousin of Springbank. After some minutes the smoke disappears while iodine and malt takes over. It is a sweet biscuity maltiness. Then there are lemons. And the light smoke returns. Then more sweet maltiness. Engine oil and engine room. With a few drops of water: more lemon and malt. (89p)
Initial TASTE: The arrival is slightly oily, then ginger, black pepper and salt.
BODY: The oiliness enriches the body of this malt, which is quite sweet and rounded on the mid palate. Not very complex but really moreish and characterful. A
little water doesn’t change much. (87p)
FINISH: Black pepper, ginger, lemon (86p)
= Weighted Rate 88 points