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Saved for moving into my first home I have been saving this for quite some time. Probably the first whisky I ever fell in love with and the true reason my obsession began.
Got it for £50 but that was with a discount for quite a thorough whisky tasting session in Cambridge. Not a bad price if you ask me. Though the guy told us that the distillery was closed and only reopened on weekends to release a small amount of bottles from its left over casks. Which since then I have realised was false information. No matter
Nose: Apples galore. Summer fruits, pears, apples and a whiff of peach. Very fruity this. No real punch of smoke. I can smell the Ocean, salt and a cool ocean breeze. Caramel becomes noticeable after around twenty minutes in the glass and strengthens with time. The longer its left the more apples that present themselves.
Palate: Again summer fruits shout at me. Apples, peaches and pears are the main components of this dram. Sea salt and flowers. Sunflowers come to mind, though Lilies and dandelions may also have a small part to play. 23
Finish: Gentle smoke on the finish as my tongue tingles. Long, warming and full of flavour. A finish I could find myself appreciating forever. 24
Was it worth the wait? Hell yes. I love this whisky, haven't tasted anything like it. In fact everyone who I've seen try it have enjoyed it both whisky novices and experts. Even my partner enjoys the stuff and that is really saying something! A dram everyone should try at least once. Quite hard to find in my experience but well worth the search.
If you want my humble opinion, this light, smooth dram is definitely best saved for those warm summer months and saving the sherry casks and peat monsters for the chilling embrace of winter. Try immediately after pouring ... and sip for the next half an hour to really appreciate the effect of time on this dram!!!!!