The reviewed bottle has been open approximately 2 years and is 70% full. This is an unpeated malt.
Nose: pleasant light wine flavours, gentle rounded flavours of malt; light apple and pears; moderate intensity; sweet, and much sweeter many months after the bottle was opened
Taste: sweet and gentle translation of the nose flavours; light in body, high pitched malt flavours robed in sweet rich and lush medium-pitched fruit flavours. Wood flavours are almost imperceptible
Finish: malt flavours start to taper down moderately quickly, but sweet wine flavours last much longer
Balance: this is a gentle whisky, whose virtues lie in its pleasant lightness. This is not going to rate highly in the Big Flavours Club, but if easy, light, sweet, and pleasant are what you are after, this is one of the best. This is technically a "Highlands" regional whisky, but its style is more typical of either the distinct Speyside subregion of the Highlands or of the Lowlands historical taxing region. Pay attention to marketing propaganda relating to regions only if you are eager to be manipulated by gross generalisations based on old taxing jurisdictions. I admit freely to not being one impressed with mythos, romanticism, or other BS related to whisky. I am just interested in what it tastes like, what it smells like, and in the pleasure of sharing it with others
Thanks for yet another insightful review. Editorial comments are spot-on. The only 'goyne I've tried is the 17 yo, a personal favorite. The 10 seems like a milder but acceptable substitute while I wait for the 18 to appear on the local shelves.