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I've gotta admit, this is my kind of Scotch. The nose is bursting with tropical fruit: first banana, then watermelon and pineapple. I get hints of bubblegum at times. Very sweet, very approachable. As the glass breathes I notice a bit of tartness and the aroma of fragrant wood shavings.
On the palate concentrated malt and rich oak are the main components. The whisky has good body and texture but the flavours are what you would expect to find in a lighter Highland malt: crisp, sweet, with tropical notes. It seems that all the work they put into maturation pays off, as the oak arrives to add spicy accents.
The whisky finishes on oak notes, with bitter chocolate and coffee flavours which buzz gently on the tongue. The overall experience is enjoyable in the extreme: Oak Cross manages to strike a balance between lightness and richness, drinkability and depth. This smells and tastes like an extraordinarily well-made malt and in many ways is the ideal Scotch for me.