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First hit on the nose is vanilla - very strong. Underlying that is dried fruit - raisins, sultanas, figs. The fruit and vanilla combines like Christmas cake. A nice cinammon spiciness is evident too. Gentle and mellow.
Quite a rich full-bodied mouthfeel too - more so than I'd expect from a 12yo. Again fruit dessert flavours dominate with the vanilla arriving a bit later. Spices are there too.
The finish is initially sweet but quickly fades to be overly bitter. Which is a pity as until that point this dram was above expectations. If the disappointing finish can be forgiven though, this is worth a try. Especially with it being blend-fodder and rarely released as single malt.