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I wanted to leave this a few months to review after initially buying a bottle over Christmas and drinking a third..... Have left a few weeks so anyway here we go.
The nose is bursting with ripe fruit and, herbs, juniper berries, pears and vanilla.. The arrival is very ( very sweet )sweet, honeyed with nutmeg, cinnamon and pears....this moves to a delicate and oily white-pepper coating of the palate that fades to what I would call a fragile finish, not long lasting enough.
Granted, this is a lovely offering, beautiful on the nose but a bit too sweet for my tastes, not robust or spicy enough... To be an award winner this should be coming in at cask strength to really show it's colours. Otherwise it's an after dinner sherry-sweet delicacy.
I tried this with water and for me it just diluted the essence: great aromas but weak delivery.
For this sort of money I would opt for the best Mortlach available or Springbank 18 yo.