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This is one of those bottles where the packaging grabs you straight away. Style over substance? Thankfully not, but I can't help the feeling that it's not quite living up to expectation.
Appearance:Rich Amber hue
Nose: Initially quite volatile, but this blows off quickly to reveal fruitiness (fruit tingles) with a hint of smoke. There's a herbal, tobacco like aroma there too. Not too complex nor challenging and definitely improves with time in the glass
Palate: Initially sweet, with a slight tingle and a fairly noticeable bitterness (damn that caramel!!). There's the typical choc-orange Highland character there, but its a tad muted. There's an obvious nuttiness as well
Finish: Quite short, but there is a hint of pecan like rancio flavour (I assume from sherry maturation)
Conclusion: As the title suggests, good, but not great. I have to say that reputation preceded this one and I was expecting a whole lot more, but to be fair, it's an entry level bottling. It definitely improves with time in the glass, so give it time.