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I was more excited to try this than the 12. The 12 delivered exactly what I expected but I had higher hopes for the 15 year old. The bottle I tried is the standard version at 40% not the distillers edition.
This 15 year old is matured in American bourbon casks, followed by Portuguese sherry and virgin oak finally it is married in a Solera vat.
You can smell the sherry along with Orange. It tastes like it smells but delivers more. You get sweet, Christmas spice, Orange and rich sherry. This is a much more mature drink than the 12 and has much more complexity. The 12 was too simple and one dimensional and this does give you much more.
The finish is of a Christmas cake, oak, apple and orange with a spicy tang. It is medium - long and you can still feel the tingle on your tongue for a while after.
A solid Speyside which offers good value for money which I would gladly drink again. This is a perfect partner for a winters night with the open fire roaring away.