ABV: 40 %
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is fresh fruits and vanilla. At first there’s a perfumey fruitiness sitting up front. Beneath that, a layer of vanilla and a hint of honey create a shallow but pleasant background. The fruitiness is a mix of lemon and fresh red berries, mainly raspberries. The vanilla and the sweetness grows into a butterscotch note with time in the glass. This is a pleasant and welcoming nose, but it isn’t especially complex or interesting.
Mouth: It starts out with an outer layer of lemons and a sweet butterscotch and malt center. It feels a bit dusty and there are notes of darker fruits in there as well as black liquorice. There is an oily and rubbery note in the background which gives it a nice depth and some complexity. It’s got a nice texture and it’s a lot richer than the nose.
Finish: The darker fruitiness as well as the oily rubber note take lead. It’s raisins and plums and after a few seconds the vanilla and butterscotch return, but it adds to the palate without overshadowing anything. The oakiness starts out in the background and moves slowly forward. It’s a very nice oakiness and it comes with walnuts and a black coffee bitterness. This is a great whisky and it gives away a lot of nice flavour and some complexity even though it’s a low ABV rather low-priced whisky.
This is the first release in over a decade from the distillery, which is owned by Whyte & McKay. It’s aged in ex-bourbon american oak and finished in ex-sherry butts.