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Nose: a gentle intermingling of butterscotch and vanilla, along with damp wood. Deeper down I find a leafy/earthy note. With time, hints of orange or lemon zest emerge. Quite mellow yet complex enough to be intriguing.
Taste: slippery-smooth in the mouth, with toffee and butterscotch becoming slightly spicy at the back of the tongue. Very easy-drinking.
Finish: oak all the way.
Balance: the spirit seems just a little too light to hold up to this kind of aging. Certainly the grain character has taken a backseat here, but what else would you expect with a blended grain whisky of this vintage? Still, a highly drinkable, polished dram.