Very unusual and now knowing what it is, this one was hard to assess blind, as it feels very different to Scotch malt, just as it should do.
No age statement
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Gala melon, juniper and Ouzo. A clay-like mineral quality. Linseed oil, with an intensely floral nose too. Some sherry-like toffee notes.
Palate: Unusual and difficult to place. Something herbal, possibly burnt sage or even more of that juniper. Some vanilla and fruit toffee.
Finish: Oily, like a cooking oil.
Comment: Very unusual and now knowing what it is, this one was hard to assess blind, as it feels very different to Scotch malt, just as it should do.
Nose: Very fresh and grassy, with some fresh fruit salad and then Crunchie bars. Water brings out graphite and freshly mown grass. Still a little stony.
Palate: Fairly rigid light powdered ginger. Seems a little unformed, as if the constituent parts are still pulling together. Water helps.
Finish: Short, little hard. Young.
Comment: Another nipper. That tropical fruit will develop over time as everything settles down. Like Ballechin, this is one to watch.
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