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First vapor: Fermenting berry.
Nose: Raspberry with buttery dough dumplings. This main theme is supported by custard, some fresh red apple slice, and a faint breeze of garden mint.
Palate: Flashes of juices-- from apple or nectarine... to strawberry... and a build-up of raspberry, as gingery heat escalates tingly like lime zest. Then the dumplings return, buttery and with a spread of raspberry jam.
Finish: Lingering dough and a little jam; alternating between zesty and custardy.
I have not experienced this flavor set in a malt before. The Artein is a refreshing malt, at once buttery smooth and crystal clear with raspberry. These splendid notes may lack some other complexities, but I appreciate the berried lightness, which particularly suits the summer right now-- The raspberry dumpling theme is right in season. The Artein has just become my favorite among malts that are relatively light and summery.