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Nose: Malty and creamy with some polished wood, vanilla and some lemon. Doesn’t seem very young, but not old as well.
Palate: Spicy to begin with as in ginger and peppery which turns into a malty delight. Biscuit-y. With malty sugars and semi sweet chocolate.
Finish : Getting dry, and some fruit and malt remains.
This is a lovely piece of blending, but It’s not THAT good as one Jim Murray would have you believe. No way i can understand how this whisky can be chosen for best whisky for the year of 2011. It’s simply not excellent, and among the amazing array of whiskies out there, it just is a good whisky, without distinction. Not a bad price but you can do much better at almost 50 quid. If someone can explain this choice (other than commercial reasons) i will be eternally thankful. anyone? Jim?