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Picked up two of these bottles on special, one of which became the first bottle of my (re)new whisky collection. The other bottle I have opened and drank around a fifth of the bottle.
This review was conducted in a Glen Cairn with no water added.
Nose: Biscuit, shortbread, wattle, banana flavored confectionery, barley, milk bottle lollies
Taste: the arrival is a biscuity butterscotch and light caramel, that transforms into citrus nutmeg and spice. Fine black pepper arrives late but is quickly calmed by herbs and spring water.
Finish: Dry, notes of bitter white wine disappear quickly, leaving a vagueness of something caramel and uninteresting.
Balance: The highlight is the price and the taste. The minimal nose and unimpressive finish result in an imbalanced whisky.
Being the first bottle in my (re)new whisky collection is nothing to be ashamed of. But having two bottles of this in a collection I feel, would be one too many.