Aged 12 Years

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 44, Issue 48, Issue 98
Brand: Matisse
Expression: Aged 12 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Matisse
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Exotic and soft. Milk chocolate, tight spice. Cherry, nutmeg, black banana. Concentrated, overripe/bruised fruits. Has good balance.
Palate: Very soft start, then tingling sweet spices and light soft fruits: pear, coconut and a tickle of smoke. Balanced.
Finish: Short, fresh. Oaky grip.
Comment: Well made and worth trying.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Scenty.
Palate: Starts clean and refreshing. Slowly develops marshmallow maltiness, becoming nutty and sweet, with a touch of roasted nuts.
Finish: Sugared almonds.
Comment: Enjoyable. More-ish. Perfect for lacunae in a busy schedule. Those leather sofa moments in hotel lobbies. Sip it while munching cocktail snacks.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Oaky. Sap with a musty note. Damp wood. A hint of butterscotch. Autumn fragrances. Ripe medlar.
Palate: Round, mellow. A bit watery at mid-palate. Velvety feel. A refreshing liquorice character.
Finish: Smooth, sweet with a bitter tinge. A gingery hint.
Comment: A clean dram. Wood is well integrated. A higher strength would have given it a little more nerve.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: A bit restrained at the start. Floral. Lilac. Creamy. Grand Marnier sauce. Pine needles. Touch of smoke.
Palate: Smooth. Fruity. Exotic fruit salad. Pineapple, banana, guava.
Finish: Lasting. Nutty. Orange peel. Spicy.
Comment: Quite a complex blend but it takes time to deliver. Well-balanced. Again it would have displayed more at a higher strength.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Supple. Vanilla and lemon with sweet barley sugar/honeycomb. A touch of green plum and in time a nutty, wheaty, cereal. Lawnmower box.
Palate: Light syrupy feel with toasty coconut, some citrus, butterscotch and chocolate-coated Brazil.
Finish: Quite short fresh.
Comment: Decent balance. A light session dram.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: There seems to be a fresh grainy note in here. Lightly floral and honeyed with a sappy edge and a hint of smoke in the background. Dry pastry.
Palate: Light smoke then flour sacks, before creamy toffee develops in the centre.
Finish: Lifts into citrus.
Comment: A good mixing blend, though this too fades a little.
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