Appearance: Full, deep gold. Excellent beading
Nose: A mellow nose, with quite some prickle.
Deeply wooded, the aroma is complex, with fruity
top notes of ripe pear, Ogen melon and green
banana, then soft leather notes beneath suggest
kid gloves, on a faint base of sanded hardwood.
In part coming from maturation in new, freshcharred American Oak, the aromas are sweeter
than in regular expressions, yet with savoury
undertones. A little water softens the aroma and
confirms its Speyside nature.
Palate: At natural strength, again the influence of
the long years in wood is felt. The texture is
creamy-smooth, while the taste is rich and sweet,
though not as sweet as the nose may suggest.
That richness is soon delightfully balanced by a
drying and savoury mid-palate. A dash of water
(recommended) makes the taste even more
delicious without altering the primary elements; it is
smoother now, the warmth well-controlled.
Finish: Long, velvet-smooth, dry and chili-spiced.
With water, smoother and longer; sweet-spicy, still
with a lingering and now more mellow chili pepper