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Acquired this because I wanted to see what it would have been like if I had started my scotch experience with one of the most popular "beginner scotch." I had found a 375ml bottle for an easy $20. Review as follows:
Nose: With a little time in the glass I detected apples (Sour Granny Smith apples) and a little bit of hay. Kind of simple and straight forward nothing much to hide.
Body: Medium weight and a little rough for 12 years in a barrel.
Taste: It has a little bit of a burn for an 80 proof whisky. Again the notorious green apples are apart of the initial taste among with what I believe are citrus fruits. With a little bit of deciphering I had found some sweet malt hiding in the predominately fruity taste.
Finish: Medium lasting finish with spicy pepper and cinnamon on the tail end. Quite warming for an 80 proof whisky.
Overall: Im glad I started with an older whisky (Glenfiddich 18) than this one. Giving what I know now I found this whisky to be too simple and dominated with green apple flavor maybe with the lack information I know now this would have been an interesting start but I might have stopped investigating the world that is Single Malt Scotch.