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Right up front, when I say deceiving, I mean that this whisky does not deliver what I feel is promised by its position as a distillery's 18 YO expression. How can a whisky whose ABV is 3% higher than its 12YO brother deliver such watered down tastes? And yet, that is what the Allerdice delivers.
Nose: Absolutely zero alcohol burn. I am sniffing strong enough to snort and all I get is the faintest of sherry and chocolate. The extent to which I have to work for even this, is frankly, exhausting.
Taste: A demanding swish finally releases some numbing alcohol, but after the burn fades (quickly) it leaves a dry bitterness. Unsweetened dark chocolate, Tannins and oak.
Finish is longs, but not entirely pleasant. Dark unsweetened chocolate. Bitter. Mouthfeel is watery. A quick sip yields a more concentrated flavor profile than I get from swishing. Cocoa, bitter raw honey, dry, then it is gone.
The degree to which the 12YO expression outshines this whisky is simply stunning. The Original is more expressive in every way, even at 43%.
I eagerly await the opportunity to try the much lauded 15YO Revivial, but I will never buy this whisky again.
Price comparison: 12YO 54.00. 18YO 114.00.