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My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting the distillery, located in the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia, this past August. My friend was kind enough to give me a bottle of this for Christmas.
From a value perspective, it loses out as it promotes (takes advantage of?) the fact that it is the sole single malt whisky produced in Canada. Can$90 (in Ontario) for a 750 ml bottle seems quite steep for a 10 y.o. from a young distillery (as a comparison, Laphroaig Quarter Cask runs Can$65...though I realize that their price point can likely be lower due to higher volume production and lower capital costs for a long-established distillery).
Nose: Honey and, especially the longer it sits, vanilla are the dominant aromas. Underlying notes of a light cereal similar to Corn Flakes, peach are present before adding a small amount (less than a teaspoon) of filtered water. The dilution brings out a slightly sweet aroma that might be comparable to bubble gum (others that may have noticed this note may be able to put a better descriptor to it). 20/25
Palate: Citrus and dry grass. Unfortunately, the rather pleasant nose gives way to a palate that gets knocked down by the astrigency of the alcohol. 17/25
Body/Balance: Thin, overall harsh (I'm still developing this area in my tasting experiences). 16/25
Finish: Short, increasing in length with multiple sips. Vanilla, with hints of peach and faint bubblegum. The duration of the finish, combined with the still strong presence of the alcohol cause the peach and bubblegum to only be found with some effort. 18/25
My impression of this dram is that (at least based on reviews of higher rated scotch, and of my very limited experience in tasting SMSW's) the presence of the alcohol is excessive. That is why I am hopeful that an older bottling (12 or 15 years?) down the road from this distillery will be more mellow, allowing the subtle flavours to become more present and more consistent throughout the tasting process. The characteristics of this single malt whisky would appear to be comparable to Lowland or Speyside malts.
As this is my first formal review (of my first full size bottle of whisky in my cabinet) I would appreciate any constructive criticism (or compliments) that any member of this site may have.