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What many describe as a beginners malt, a simple malt, an uncomplicated malt. This 12 year old expression is often reccomended for the novice who is looking to get their bearings. I wasn't expecting alot from this malt based on other Livets ive tried. But heres what i got.
Nose: nice, peaches, caramelised pears, sweet wine, toffee, touch of banana, more than a touch of vanilla, some crème brulee too. With water more vanilla and brulee, some floral notes as well, peaches still there.
Pallet: little fizz of sherbet, other than that, similar to the nose, but vanilla comes through first, then slightly buttery toffee, fruit flavours some icing sugar and some floury-ness as well, hmm interesting. With water malt spice initially, then continues as before. More interesting.
Finish: light, vanilla cream is prevalent, little bit of floral as well, delicate and light but it’s nice, it’s nice. With water the spice provides nice bite I think there is some white pepper there, floral is still around but less vanilla, it’s still a gentle finish but very pleasant.
Mark neat – 8.1, with water 8.3
This is a very nice whisky, very approachable and smooth. But its not just a beginners whisky, i think this is a lighter style of malt which offers good complexity and overall quality.