This review is from a sample kindly sent by @Wierdo. I've added about two drops of water to a 20ml pour and let it sit for ten minutes or so.
Nose - Initial hints of sweet fruits (strawberries and raspberries) and toffee with a touch of fresh ginger and soft baking spices. Some creamy vanilla emerges with time alongside some soft oak and a hint of peat.
Taste - I expect sweetness but it's the spices that stand out, especially the ginger which gives it a nice 'biting' quality. Some dry fruit comes out as it develops. Enjoyably thick mouthfeel and quite rich.
Finish - Med - long and quite drying with some slightly bitter green tea notes and a hint of sherry sweetness.
My initial taste of this was all about the sweet fruits but even allowing a little air to the sample bottle has helped this. Much more rounded and less overtly 'desert like' on this tasting. I like its balance and feel this is a good example of a Highland whisky - a little bit of everything; if pressed, I'd put it in the Benromach 10 'category', if that makes sense? Overall, fairly impressed but having had the luxury of a sample, I'd probably pick up the aforementioned over this and save a few quid in the process.
I think the review is fair @RianC and about right in terms of score. I have the same feelings as you about it. It's similar-ish to Benromach 10 but a bit more expensive and probably not worth the extra. If I fancied a highland style malt and I saw a bottle in a shop I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. But I wouldn't go out of my way to locate a bottle.
@Wierdo - Cheers, mate. Aye I'd not turn a dram of it down that's for sure but there are definitely better options out there.