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My first proper single malt, and what a malt it is!
Nose - citrus, bright, fruity, tangy, orangey. It reminded me faintly of grand marnier, but in a good way.
Palate - As the nose indicated, the taste was very consistent but opened up new flavors. Slight oak, woody (very mild), smooth, citrus, fruity, spicey and tangy; sweetness was coating my mouth within seconds (properly from the sherry cask) The second time around I picked up a VERY faint smokiness hiding out in the back; it tries to hide but I definitely picked it up. I know Speyside's aren't known for this, but its there.
With a dash of water, I didn't notice any improvement. On my second glass I kept it neat just like I started. Much more satisfying that way IMO.
Finish - It all goes away after a few seconds. Which is the reason you just gotta have another taste. One thing that did hang around was a peppery zing. But once that went away, nothing was left really.
Overall, being my first proper single malt whisky, I was greatly surprised. (looks like my researched paid off!)
Definitely recommended. I feel the price over here isn't justified. It's not a very complex whisky and the $55+ (CAN) tag could be brought down to $45 (CAN).