Unusual tawny colour indicating a port finish, which has certainly imparted sweetness to that peaty character. Water brings out dryness.
Solstice 15 Years Old
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Phenolic with an earthy touch. A mix of peat reek and creosote which slowly uncovers a sweet note. Raspberry nectar, cherry candy.
Palate: Sweet before being smoky. Velvety texture. Interesting contrast between nose and palate. Sweetness precedes a dry sooty smokiness.
Finish: Dry, sooty. Chuao chocolate. Smoke.
Comment: Unusual tawny colour indicating a port finish, which has certainly imparted sweetness to that peaty character. Water brings out dryness.
Nose: Scented and herbal. Cherry-flavoured cough syrup, burning herbs on a garden bonfire, then rowan berries and violet with hints of gentian before sloe berries charge through.
Palate: A smoky ember in the mouth which cools into raspberry, then\rclove. Excellent integration.
Finish: Fruity, fisherman's friends.
Comment: A somewhat lurid colour, but this is an extremely sound and stylish BenRiach with an integration not often seen in finished whiskies.
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