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Nose: sweet, fruity, with the warm suggestion of freshly-baked desserts. Also fresh-cut wood and slight woodsmoke. Floral notes deeper in the glass. Enticing.
Taste: full-flavoured yet with a smooth, laid-back body. Slightly sour fruitiness is joined by toasted oak and a massive surge of malty sweetness. Almost cloying, but not quite...A floral/vegetal note in the mix as well. Very complex! Not the most well-balanced whisky I've tasted, but immensely enjoyable.
Finish: long, lingering, with sour citrus fruit, like overripe orange.
Balance: for a three-year-old whisky, the balance far exceeds my expectations. Easily the most mature-tasting young malt I've tried. Aside from slight tartness, which I adjusted to after my first glass, there is nothing "off" about this bottling. Even at 94 proof it is easy-drinking yet it doesn't skimp on flavour or aroma. A most satisfying collision between single malt and bourbon styles, and a new favourite. Highly recommended!