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First vapor: A vanilla shade of sherry, and with peach.
Nose: Sharp & tart: Lime rind/ kiwi / under-ripe pineapple. Faster breathing reveals lightness, like apple in a soft crisp. Nose2: Creaminess emerges, to make this a sharp lime meringue.
Palate: Brief wheatiness on entrance, quickly becomes tart limoncello with bitterness of lemon zest; never too bitter because it gets creamier, until... it starts sizzling with ginger. If the heat temporarily subsides, there is an impression of apple ice cream. Ginger returns, and the earlier bitterness has eased into amaretto. On the final swallow it is creamy and lemony.
Finish: Ginger still sizzles over a lemony cream base; then grapefruit pith and woody oak come out. Eventually decays to liquorice, after a minute.
This malt is marked by an interesting battle between tart and creamy. For my tastes, the tart wins out a tad much to be a favorite. But this is still a fresh and lively malt experience worth trying, with no especially jarring sensation. I find it the most similar to the Original, but less wheaty, less smooth (overall), and more complex.