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Royal Lochnagar 10 Years / Provenance

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

7th Mar 2014


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There's not a lot to say about this whisky other than it's been bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the Provenance series. It is a Winter 2001 distillation and bottled in the Summer of 2011 from a single re-fill hogshead.

And it' quite boring.

Nose: Shows initial promise with it's multi-layered approach. It's young and sprightly like fresh cut grass. Coconut shavings and warm toffee mix in sweetly with lemon drops and something a touch floral.

Palate: Not as complex as promised. Minty greens, fennel slices and lemon drops roll around in a layer of coarse brown sugar and white pepper. It was all going well until a mysterious bitterness started creeping through and began to distract. This is a brand new bottle so to be fair I'll give it a couple of months to see if that bitterness still remains.

Finish: Medium oily with a lot of spicy herbs. And that same irritating bitterness.

Move along folks. No fireworks here.

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