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Color: Beautiful Amber (No Caramel here, no sir!)
Nose: without water - Sweet mixed dry fruit. (Sultanas,dates,prunes,raisins). Milk chocolate (have you ever smelled ‘Kinder’ brand chocolate? That’s right. So sweet and rich. This nose is much sweeter than the 12 year old / Hjarta I have sampled so many times. Wow. I love this nose. The peat is almost undetectable. The sweetness is overwhelming. With the addition of water the sweetness on the nose intensifies.
Palate: What a powerful impact this malt has (due to the very high ABV), very impressive. On the palate I get sweet molasses, those dry fruits are back bigtime. Some dark chocolate notes are now replacing the sweet chocolate notes we got earlier on the nose. Some major tickling on the tongue.
Finish: Long comforting ending on espresso coffee, and dark chocolate. Very distant smoke notes, but hardly detectible.