ABV: 43 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a big hit of apples and pears covered in honey. There’s also a floral side to it which sort of floats on top. Vanilla and a hint of oak are slowly emerging towards the edges of the glass. In the back there are both a sour lemon and a slightly bready note. There’s also a very mild menthol layer somewhere in between the floral and the fruity notes. This is a nice and straight forward nose without any complexity, but it doesn’t come through as boring.
Mouth: It starts out with a mix of sweet and sour. The sweetness moves forward and the sourness moves to the back which leaves room for a maltiness and some fruits in the middle. There are now grapes coming through which gives it a white wine aura. The fruitiness is somewhat subdued and the floral notes increase in intensity with time. There’s a sprinkle of dust as well as some earthy notes floating around inside. After a while the lemon note turns somewhat bitter, which actually works very well with the other flavours.
Finish: The menthol layer returns for a second or two but the rest of the flavours don’t really let it take over. It still produces the floral and fruity white wine notes, the bitter lemon and now there’s a toffee note peeking through in the middle as well. The oakiness makes a late entrance and it’s not the most interesting oak. It’s there but it lacks a bit of character. This is a very good whisky which produces some nice flavours. It’s quite mild which makes it a good choice for those who are new to whisky.
This is one of the whiskies in the Diageo series ”The classic malts of Scotland”. It was released as the entry level of the core range in 2007. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels.