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Another almost-empty bottle I had hanging around in my cupboard. Time to restock! Anyway, this is my go-to blended whiskey at the moment, so consider this review a little positively biased.
The color is very nice, but caramel has been added to create it. Some reviews note caramel caramel in the taste, but I can't find it.
The nose gives us barley, but the majority of this nose is sweetness. There is some fresh apple in there.
On the tongue this dram really comes to life. First thing to notice is the smoothness, with more honey. Then the malt comes to life with a oak and - hang on - spices!
The finish leaves us with the sensation of the spices slowly dying out, the malt coming back into the mouth with , and finally a taste which I can only describe as oak covering the entire mouth.
I feel that this blend is one of the best ones out there considering the price. It's one of my most valued daily drinkers and I expect this to stay that way for a long time.