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I saw this at the local liquor store for $45. Compared to other stores it was a great bargain, so I jumped on it.
The whisky has been decanted for three days and the bottle opened for two weeks. At 50% abv I drink this with a full tablespoon of water.
Nose: Fresh, buttery barley, floral, light spice, light caramel, honey, musky, slight bubble gum. Even though the bottle suggests that it's unpeated I can smell traces of peat. Dusty: kind of like uncooked rice.Wax.
Palate: Spice at the forefront, deep sweetness with bitter notes afloat the dense Scottish barley. Slight toffee notes appear then dissipates almost immediately. Effervescent. Tons of vanilla, touch of honey, sweet and sour.
Finish: Medium to long. Musky honey, macadamias, vanilla, sweet and sour once more.
I've often heard of the unpeated Laddies to still have peated notes in their spirits. In one of my sessions, I had a left over dram of Glenlivet to then shift to this Scottish Barley, and bingo, there was peat all over it. When drank by itself its hardly noticeable, but when starting with a speyside non-peated to then continue with the Scottish Barley, it is greatly noticeable.