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Sampled in a Glencairn with a teaspoon of spring water.
Legs: Long and shapely, like a Moulin Rouge dancer.
Nose: A strong sherry aroma with big hints of fruit, certainly sultana and maybe cooking apples, toffee, a slight salty note hiding in the background. Very pleasant and warming smell.
Taste: Strong sherry arrival with fruit again and vanilla and as with the nose an undercurrent of salt.
Finish: A long lingering finish with the salt fading slowing but the fruit and vanilla remaining.
Overall an extremely pleasant dram for the winter fire side particularly I should imagine at Christmas when the turkey is massacred, the christmas pudding is laying like a brick on your stomach and you've bumped off your relations (home I mean, not killed them!)and you're settling down to watch a film you've seen several times before, probably 'It's a Wonderful Life' (but who cares you''ll no doubt nod off before long anyway).
At this stage in my whisky journey I don't care for the heavily peated Islay whiskies, so for me this represents a lot more enjoyable alternative to your Ardbegs and Laphroaigs.