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Very interesting whisky this... I've bought a 20cl bottle, poured a measure and allowed it to settle. On the nose I'm getting a light woody smoke, white pepper with citrus notes, light honey and sea spray. The arrival is very subtle, watermelon, apple then light peat and then an unexpected full smoke and peat explosion finishing with a surprisingly long ginger, and woody-peppery tingling burn in the mouth with citrus after taste. Light ginger, pepper and honey-citrus.
As a Springbank fan I didn't know quite what to expect from this stable mate, much lighter, not the same depth of syrup viscosity, but a spicier peppery finish than say the 10 yo. A touch of water expands the flavor, pepper finish and nose but as a personal taste (purely personal) I would prefer a bit more depth and syrup.