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This is one of my original favorite single malts from when I first moved from bourbon/rye whiskies into scotch. Part of that may also have to do with me buying this particular bottle to keep me and a friend occupied on the night of his soon-to-be wife bachelorette party. I had tasted it several times before and had been looking for an excuse to buy. I'm now finishing the last 1/3 of the bottle.
Nose: Gentle fruits followed by a bit of sea salt and some oakiness. A touch of smoke creeps in as well.
Taste: Depending on where it hits your tongue the salt will be the first bit you taste or the last. Can be drying. The fruit flavors now seem darker on the palate, showing the sherry influence. Definitely a malty profile and still a bit of peat smoke.
Finish: Still drying with a woody vanilla sweetness that gives way to the lightest bit of smoke. Citrus tingle lasts just a tad longer.
One of the main distinguishing points of this whisky is it's middle of the road-ness. It has a touch of the islands (salt, smoke) while still fitting a highland profile. I guess that is part of what makes it good but not great.