Beautifully balanced. Gritty oak and coastal notes hint at an Islander but the oak and honey says Speyside. Grantown-on-sea?
1997, Bench with a Sea View
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Year of Bottling
Nose: Oily and a little fishy with gritty oak and violets. Honey balances the oak and becomes mature and sawdusty. Perfumed honey asserts; ginger root, liquorice and herbs appear.
Palate: Soft and mature with barley and oodles of luscious honey and sawdusty oak. Green apple and citrus comes through to balance the dusty tannins and honey. \n
Finish: Long and salty with the fleshy fruit and honey lingering along with a light mocha note. \n
Comment: Beautifully balanced. Gritty oak and coastal notes hint at an Islander but the oak and honey says Speyside. Grantown-on-sea?
Nose: Slightly perfumed vanilla and grain. Freshly polished wood, sweet and savoury of black liquorice; treacle and a little ginger syrup.
Palate: Warm from the start, with tropical fruit notes quickly followed by smoother, but dry flavours of wood. Notes of black pepper, lemon, and a little celery. \n
Finish: Short, light, and savoury. Woody, but I’m reminded of American biscuits with salted butter, creamy lemon, and dried papaya. A warmth akin to ginger.\n
Comment: A great example of how tropical and savoury flavours combine to produce an easy-to-sip whisky.
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