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The nose of this dram is really quite pleasant; it takes more than a few minutes to really “hear" all it's trying to say. You have to take it in multiple shorter sprints, rather than one long marathon. The alcohol tends to overwhelm and cloud your senses. When you finally do nail down all that you can, you realize that Doc Lumsden really did a great job on this (once again, and as expected). The hardest scent for me to nail down was pears, subtle in the background, yet still wanting to be noticed and appreciated. It took me more than a few attempts, but finally after muting all the sound in the area, closing my eyes, and letting the nose do what it's supposed to, unhampered and without the other senses confusing the issue, it finally came out.
On the palate it is easier to discern what is going on. Oranges came across, followed by dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. This trails off to walnuts which remind me of a sweet Hungarian glazed walnut roll my Mom used to make. There are also raisins, a hint of nutmeg, and the strangest one of all is a flavor reminiscent of what wild roses smell like in the summer. I found that more than a little odd, and had to take more than few sips to confirm that. Believe me; Lillyrose and I took more than enough sips to confirm it.
The finish trails off to a slightly bitter taste of rye grain. The finish was a medium lenght, about a minute, but it would have been nicer if it was a little longer. It is fairly complex with the flavours overlapping rather than actually fading and giving the stage up to the next act. An off handed yet not at all insulting comparison would be like mouth full of well rounded trailmix with dried fruit. Everything gets represented in its own way. What I'm trying to say with all this is that it’s very nice single malt. I would not, and will not hesitate to invest in this fine product again. It looks like I won’t have much choice, as Lilly and I killed the poor thing in 1 evening, Hey what is a tasting "session” without lots of tasting????? The poor dead soldier has no spirits left in him, but his memory lingers on. ,