Colour: New cut hay
Nose: Dark chocolate and mountain coffee beans against a background of antiseptic iodine
Palate: Dark forest fruits flambe, burnt caramel
Finish: Menthol with hints of liquorice
It is very unusual for a Highland whisky, and certainly betrays its coastal origin. There is a deep warmth on the
palate which had me thinking this may just burn as it goes down, but no, it is as smooth as silk, and what I
describe as menthol, gives an impression of coolness.
By Gordon Coxhill, Whisky Enthusiast & Journalist
Nose: Okay, sweet, creamy, with straw, hazelnut chocolate cookies, marzipan, red apples, a
little peach, almonds, desiccated coconut, slight sultanas, vanilla, hints of sandalwood and Madeira cake. What
Palate: Citrus first on the palate before some oak spice, sultanas, salted caramel chocolate,
stewed dark fruits, blackberry jam, honey, vanilla, some candies ginger, old oak furniture. Quite a
waxy/mouth-coating texture. Delicious!
Finish: Leather, milk chocolate, nuts, hints of liquorice, sugar-coated almonds and toasted oak.
With water: Fresher nose with more fruit and a touch of lemon. The palate is less sweet and
spicier with a little grapefruit appearing. The finish is a bit dried with more oak spice and some pepper.
Overall this is an absolutely delicious and rewarding dram. The sherry is not overpowering the whisky and you get
such an array of flavours that you can lose track of time just enjoying both smell and taste… Amazing!
By Etienne (@themaltcask)
Nose: A very pleasing array of classic notes you would hope to find in something three
decades old: rich nuttiness, cedar wood, polished furniture, a distinct floral waxiness, sponge cake, heather
honey, almond oil and a touch of amontillado sherry. It’s beautifully well rounded, soft and inviting.
Palate: Viscous and oily at first, with a little prickle coming after. Think cinnamon,
cloves, dark chocolate, then a touch of something sweeter: Turkish Delight, bonfire toffee and a little herbal
dryness as you dig deeper. It’s complex, robust and yet not overpowering in any way.
Finish: Dry and lingering, with a touch of black cherry, spicy oak and more dark chocolate.
Over all, this is a terrific way to see in the new year: a fireside dram of depth and complexity, which you can
properly unwind with, and rather unlike the New Year’s resolutions we all try and fail to keep, it certainly
delivers a calming and honest consistency with every mouthful.
By Neil Ridley, Drinks Writer and Presenter on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch