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This is definitely my favorite blend. And honestly one of my top whisky as well. It was the first blend I truly enjoyed and is still my go to whisky in most less stocked bar. I even had the chance to participate in an official tasting with a band ambassador once where we explored the different single malt that comprised it.
I still remember my first nosing. To me, it was all about the smoke and the wood. But with some help, I was able to get some sweet white fruits. Now, I find that vanilla cake and barley sugar mixed with a wood smoke that is quite enticing.
The arrival is cool malt sweetness. Barley sugar for sure. Then a spiciness followed by vanilla. Sherry like notes comes after, Leaving on the tongue brings a far off echoe of salt and some nice iodine that evovles again in some slight floral fruitiness.
The finish is quite fruity: pear, soft pineapple. But with heather honey. And then the grain whisky becomes present. good grain. Old grain. But it evolves again: creamy soft milk chocolate. And a waxiness that lasts until the next sip.
Unbelievably well balanced, complex and generous.