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After reading a few reviews recommending this as a starter whisky took the plunge and bought a bottle instead of my usual bourbons. Poor blends were the norm in my house when growing up and the smell still makes me feel ill when I smell them so stayed away from scotch.
Smell: sweet fruit and hint of spice, the sherry cask has worked some magic on the distillate who knew scotch could smell this good.
Palate: slightly cloying on the tongue with no real sense of spice, one drop of water and 5 minutes and the spice is released with a warming peppery tingle dancing across my tongue balanced the sweet too perfection.
Finish is a little short and there is a bit of a raw edge to the spirit neat but the drop of water removes this.
I don't normally add water to bourbon up to 101 proof but read a review suggesting it for this whisky to get more spice and I am glad I did. I hope I have not peaked too early as I enjoyed this immensely, so much so went and bought batch 50 A'bunadh.