Oh yes… this is fine stuff indeed. Well balanced with a gorgeous smoke profile.
Berry Bros. & Rudd
16 Years Old, Orkney Islands
Islands (Non Islay)
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Huge sweetness rolls in first, caramel toffees and chocolate-coated raisins, then slowly smoke comes through, the fattiness of smoked bacon and black pepper.
Palate: That bacon and black pepper continues with the umami of tomato sauce. A little chilli prickle and then things start to dry out.
Finish: The salt-tinged smoke holds everything together as fruit and vanilla dry slowly.
Comment: Oh yes… this is fine stuff indeed. Well balanced with a gorgeous smoke profile.
Nose: Delicately smoky with a creamy, milky aroma, like chocolate melting over a bonfire. Lurking in the background are raisins and a faint meatiness.
Palate: Meaty and fruity with more of that mouth-coating creaminess, but it quickly becomes very dry as spice builds into the mid-palate, stirring up a whoosh of smoke with it.
Finish: The smoke whirlwind subsides, settling into barbeque coals and bacon fat with dried fruit and citrus peel too.
Comment: A tornado of a whisky; buckle in for the ride.
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