Cleaner than of old but no less characterful. Quite a cerebral whisky.
Aged 12 Years, Distillery Reserve
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: The sherry is light and clean and gives way to a lovely hint of orange and sweet nuts. Impressively stylish and assured.
Palate: A highly developed and confusingly complex middle tends to nudge back towards sherry dominance.
Finish: Dries as the richer sherry notes fade and the oak takes hold.
Comment: Cleaner than of old but no less characterful. Quite a cerebral whisky.
Nose: Warm. Suede. Leather. Linseed.
Palate: Toasted almonds. Pistachios. Fudge. Fruity. Flowering currant. Good flavour development.
Finish: A hint of sherry. Apricot-like, oily sweetness.
Comment: Despite being a malt, it still, somehow has an Irish accent. Slightly more personality than the Bushmills malt at 16 Years Old. Drinkable and sociable.
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