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Nose: luscious sweetness. Classic sherried Speyside aromas: chocolate orange, toffee, vanilla fudge.
Taste: smooth and silky with big fruit and gentle spice. Toasted oak on the back of the tongue. The body is very light, almost watery. This is one you want to roll around the tongue for a bit to really let it sink in. It is a lovely taste, though. The dark chocolate is there, along with dried fruit and dark roast coffee.
Finish: slightly bitter oak and gentle, warming spices. Raisin and fig.
Balance: I do wish this was bottled at a higher strength, as it is almost too smooth for its own good. But the aromas and flavours are wonderful if you like Speyside malt. Much better balance than the 12 year old. The interplay between dried fruit, coffee and cocoa is pretty fantastic. This is one I don't regret buying.