Nose - Flowers and nuts off the bat – honeysuckle, rose, hazelnuts and almonds. Sweetness develops, with the almonds gaining a sugary shell, a sprinkling of icing sugar and a balancing squeeze of lemon. Polished tables, with a hint of beeswax, sit behind the sweetness along with sweet white grape juice.
Palate - Sharp and spicy to start, with little of the nose's sweet and floral character. However, with some time in the glass and a drop of water, the freshly sawn oak and sappy twigs soften to reveal sweet and zesty apples and spice – cinnamon and nutmeg.
Finish - Spiced apple and its skin, slowly fading to liquorice and black pepper.
Comments - An inviting and fruity nose leads to a spicy body that shows the whisky's age. A drop of water is essential, despite its relatively low cask strength, and reveals layers of fruit and spice.