The dryness of the palate balances out that creamy vanilla nicely.
Five Virtues Fire Edition
No age statement
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Warm oat cakes, apricot jam, orange peel and heather honey, scattered with spices (vanilla and black pepper) and fennel seeds atop a bed of wet chalk and playdough.
Palate: Oat cakes smeared with a big dollop of vanilla and butterscotch, and dried out by black pepper, black tea, fresh red chilli, wood varnish, anise-y fennel seeds and a sweeter Parma Violet note.
Finish: Numbing chilli heat and more vanilla.
Comment: The dryness of the palate balances out that creamy vanilla nicely.
Nose: Honeycomb, shortbread with plenty of honey and baked pears. Vanilla fudge and brown sugar, with chocolate digestives.
Palate: Stewed apples and floral honey, with a malty undercurrent. Blackcurrants. The grassiness is another layer and there’s \r\noodles of ginger, vanilla, apricots and candied fruits.
Finish: Warming and spicy, with honey beginning to mellow and dominate.
Comment: Precisely what one imagines when picturing a classic whisky from this region. Marvellous.
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