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The Astar is a beautiful example of a wood-driven designer whisky. It is made from 'slow growth, air seasoned, heavily toasted, lightly charred, ex-bourbon American oak barrels'.
It doesn't have an age statement but is in the 9-10 year range. It certainly has more character than the standard 10 - thanks both in part to higher ABV and the careful selection of very good oak.
Apparently newer 10 year olds have a lot of this Aster type liquid in it to give it that extra edge. So that should be something interesting to look forward to.
And if you prefer your Glenmorangie without any fancy wine finishes then this dram is the one for you.
Nose: Immediate lemon sharpness softened by warm butterscotch hard-boiled sweets. Lots of honey vanilla on fruit cake with a sprinkle of almonds. It's quite a sweet treat as the fig and raisin trifle comes through quite strongly as well.
Palate: Raisin sweet at first and then the white spices. Honey with lots of fruits; mainly papaya. Nuts. And freshly baked Danish butter biscuits.
Finish: Long with tropical fruit spiciness to it.
This is a gorgeous dram and sits well among it's peers in the Private Edition series.