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This whisky is 19 years old, but of a whole different calibre than the Signatory version I recently tasted. Very sherried, to say the least, judging by the beautiful bronze colour. The German Indie Malts of Scotland released this in October 2009 already, but I had not released my notes on it yet. So here goes.
The nose is very sweet on caramel, sherry (doh!), apple pie, a touch of beeswax and woodsmoke. Some coffee and heather and loads of preserved fruits. Very complex.
The attack is spicy with a truckload of dark fruit: preserved raisins, blackberries, plums. Caramel, tobacco and especially licquorice make it bittersweet. Finishing touch is a pinch of white pepper.
The finish is soothingly warm and drying on oak.
Very decent stuff, that reminds me a lot of a’bunadh. I would call it ‘a’bunadh light’, but that has a negative ring to it, while I mean it as a compliment.