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Here goes my first ever whisky review!
I took a bit of a risk with this one. Buying 2 bottles without tasting it following watching Ralfy's review. I figured that I've always liked whiskies that Ralfy recommends and he was raving about this one (I have a suspicion he'll make it his whisky of the year) I didn't want to buy a bottle, love it and then not be able to get another.
Anyway as the title suggests if I'd have done a blind tasting of this and was asked which region of Scotland it was from I think I'd have confidently plumped for highland. It tastes like a really quite classy old skool highland whisky. Just a bit more complex perhaps. The only thing that reveals it's coastal origins is the salty note on the development and finish.
The first glass I poured had hints of blackforest gateau on nose but that has not been present in subsequent glasses.
Having tried this with and without water I think this is best neat. It needs a good long time in the glass to open up.
On the nose there are dried fruits, marmalade, cereal and bonfire toffee.
On the palate, dried fruit, oranges initially, a maltiness then a sour note that balances the sweetness, orange pith. As it develops it is quite salty. A hint of peat smoke on the finish .
I'd say the finish was medium length.
Mouthfeel is quite thin.
Very nice whisky, just don't go expecting a Springbank style whisky it's a bit different to that.