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This expression, like the entry malt Heart of Speyside from BenRiach distillery, was launched in august 2004 for the first time.
The nose if fresh, lots of grain, no so much fruit. But it’s not quite as outspoken as the Heart of Speyside. Rather closed, in my opinion. I get hazelnuts, toasted bread with vanilla and a layer of honey.
On the palate he’s rather creamy with a very peppery attack, followed immediately with vanilla and toffee. Wonderful apples too. Some marzipan, maybe? And a touch of smoke. Nice!
The finish is spicy and oaky.
This one won the silver medal in 2009 as ‘Best in Class’ at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, after having already won silver in 2007 at the International Spirits Challenge. Before that, in 2006, it won the gold medal and the silver medal in aforementioned competitions, respectively.