Lacks balance. Alcohol is quite fierce. Water tames it down but needs to be strictly dosed as it enhances bitterness. Some character but quite sharp.
Three of Diamonds
No age statement
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Citrussy and buttery. Orange curd. Earthy and musty. Moss, fern. Hint of rose.
Palate: Sweet at first, then gets close to medlars. Spices wipe out this unpleasant note.
Finish: Dry and spicy. Rather tangy.
Comment: Lacks balance. Alcohol is quite fierce. Water tames it down but needs to be strictly dosed as it enhances bitterness. Some character but quite sharp.
Nose: High-toned and estery but with a deep caramel toffee from the oak. Super-ripe fruits and a smoky edge.
Palate: Praline, runny toffee, sultana. Somewhat rum like: allspice, ginger, brazil nut, cool mint, rice crackers. Smoke hangs above like a veil.
Finish: Clean and gentle. Medium.
Comment: Perfume and smoke? It's a Japanese Ardmore.
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