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Sometimes we tend to overlook the big distillers in the pursuit of something different, but it's malts like this that remind you that when the big boys get it right, they really get it right.
This really is a lovely dram. It leads with a honeyed, biscuity nose that has just a hint of smoke. The palate is light (this is not a big whisky), with flavours of shortbread, a hint of citrus, more of that smoke and some sherry-like complexity.The finish is sweet (creme brulee)with some maltiness and a crunchy dryness reminiscent of raw grains.
This one walks a line between the freshness of the 12YO and the richness of the 18YO, so if you have to stick to one bottle, this one does it well.