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I've spotted a few varied reviews on QC and thought I would throw my hat in the ring as well. I love this Whisky in a familial way. It's like your mothers younger brother, the cool Uncle who drives fast cars, dresses well and buys the big ice creams. It's a more mature version of the 10yo, which in family terms is a favourite cousin and I like her as well.
My current bottle is about my 4th QC and I am as impressed now as I was the first time around. It's my Saturday evening treat that makes me indifferent after a poor game of golf and analytical of a good one, a thinking dram.
My, still novice, nose gives me sweet honey and sugar, burnt caramel, peach mashed with rose petals and marzipan. The others in the room notice the smoke and seem to enjoy it despite being non Whisky drinkers.
On the front I taste and almost feel the smouldering remains of a beach fire made from driftwood, dampened by sea spray and light drizzle. I taste peaches and lemons, grapefruit and raisins. Walnuts and a peppery toffee apple.
The finish is maple syrup laced with liquorice with wafts of seaweed and there is a wonderful Smokiness that reminds me of wood fires on a cold still evening.
QC is a stunning malt and along with the 10yo has set a high Islay benchmark. For me it is a mood whisky, warm and relaxing - regardless of what I shot on the golf course.