That whisky needs a dash of water to find its balance. Refreshing, you would have expected more complexity from the age but not unpleasant.
Cask Strength, 19 Years Old
Nose: Grassy, slightly spirit. Lemon balm, light mint. Lemonade. Quite estery and light. Vanilla comes swirling around. Light smoke. Water brings out fruit and some sweetness.
Palate: Sweet at first then getting sherbety. Cream soda. Smokier on the palate.
Finish: Dry, smoky, nearly sooty with some astringency as well.
Comment: That whisky needs a dash of water to find its balance. Refreshing, you would have expected more complexity from the age but not unpleasant.
Nose: Light citrus notes, caster sugar, ice cream floats. Plenty of vanilla and soft fruits, pears, mango, lychee. A distant coal fire.
Palate: That coal tar note has intensified and deepened. Still bags of creamy oak and vanilla, a melon and Parma ham note too with ginger.
Finish: Sooty and dry like a fireplace the day after.
Comment: Lovely balance between sweet vanilla and the smoke.
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