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When I first tasted this expression, I didn't really know what to make of it. It didn't have an age statement, but that was a trend that was beginning to take hold anyway. so I didn't think much of that. It tasted fresh, but punchy: something I didn't expect from a Campbeltown whisky. Later, when I tried to do some research, I found out the Glengyle distillery issued new expressions each year until they could release their first 12 year old standard in 2016. This one is from 2010; a six year old whisky, that promises a lot for the twice as old standard, set to be released in 2016.
Nose: Fresh, grass, little bit of lemon zest, sea air and smoke
Palate: Vanilla, cereal, citrus, grass and herbs. Hint of smoke and white pepper.
Finish: medium long. The hint of smoke stays as well as a little bit of a straw-like flavour.
When I read about the age, I was pleasantly surprised. This is an example of how age is less important than the way you treat the whisky.