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This is a release from William Grant and sons, featuring Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie (a silent still which is yet to release any distillery bottlings i believe). Super cheap and pretty tasty.
Nose: creamy vanilla, crisp apple, candied banana, pleasant grainy-ness, touch of white pepper and brulee. With water less fruity, more grain, a touch of malt biscuits as well.
Pallet: creamy vanilla again with the banana, maybe some strawberry? Never had that before. Fair amount of raw spirit, white pepper. With water honey, much less vanilla, white pepper still there and less rawness, very pleasant.
Finish: fairly hot at the end of the pallet, but it smooths out, to light grain and gentle dryness. With water little bit of spirit and grain flavour. Pretty thin
Mark neat – 7.5, with water 7.2
Nothing amazing about this whisky, the strawberry note on the pallet is very interesting, overall its not brilliant, but its pleasing, warming and more than capable of removing a scowl from my face, if i happened to have one.