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This is a sample received from @Paddockjudge in early 2014. The sample bottle was half full (not a reflection of stinginess on his part - I had tried it a few months ago) and preserved with gas.
I review a 15 cc pour. The notes are in standard sequence. Nosing and tasting with water occured after the notes were made neat, and 3-4 drops of spring water were added to the remaining 12-13 cc and left for over 5 minutes.
The sample labelling states that this is not chill filtered but I did not see the appearance of Scotch Mist in this one.
Neat: Caramel, granny smith apples, white wine (oaked chardonnay).
With water: Caramel is a little more prominent. Fruit notes a re a little more powerful as well, wine smell is subdued. With even more water and a bit of time I get a hint of pineapple
Neat: alcohol with slight burn. Salty, sour. No other discernible flavours. a little thin.
With water: I get a hint of licorice in the arrival. Still has an alcoholic burn. Mild fruity sweetness. The addition of more water does not add to the experience.
Finish: A little vanilla
I can’t rule out that this sample is past its best before date, or perhaps my nose is still recovering from last week’s cold. I’ve heard great things about this expression but they were not apparent in my glass.
This is not the type of whisky I usually reach for so I’m happy I got a chance to try it, but I won’t be spending $200 for a bottle.