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This is what every Speyside single malt should taste like. Delicate and sensitive as well as bold and courageous.
Incidentally this is one of the first single malts I had ever bought and I think it was the reason I fell in love. Familiar aromas of honey, vanilla and hints of coconut remind me of why I got into malting in the first place. Robust barley light dusted with brown sugar and then rubbed on bright green pears makes this nose possibly one of my all time favorites to come out of Speyside.
The velvet delivery is almost perfect as it starts off honeyed followed by black pepper and cinnamon. Swish it around your mouth and you can discern the deftest of dark chocolate and a drop of citrus.
The medium to long finish is dry and quite oaky - I think that's where the Fine Oak comes into it's own - with a touch of nuts and an eyebrow raising stick of clove.
I have to admit; this malt makes me happy.