The odd one out in the series as it does not represent one of the Great Houses of Westeros, but the Night’s Watch, those dudes pledged to celibacy and the guarding of The Wall in The North against the White Walkers (and by that I mean the bad guys in Game of Thrones and not the bad whisky by Johnnie Walker). The bottle has the same black livery as the guards. I secretly hope this is a great Oban, but somehow I fear this might just be the Little Bay in a new jacket.
While the nose does show some maritime traits, it is dominated by gingerbread, apricots, oranges and sultanas. Some shoe polish, tobacco leaves and a hint of maraschino cherries. A bit waxy. This is just fine!
Good body. Creamy and round. The fruit returns, but is joined with some nutmeg, black pepper and cinnamon. Some mint. A very malty heart and a sweet note, drying a bit as it lingers on the palate. Dark caramel. Marzipan and salted caramel. I quite like this.
The medium long to long finish still offers up spices, while the sweet notes are overcome by salty notes. A bitterness at the death.
Nope, this is not the same as Little Bay. More body, more character. Better.