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James MacArthur is a lesser known bottler, but still more than 25 years in operation. I tasted an Auchentoshan from their Old Master series before. This one is a Tamdhu.
The nose is very fresh and sweet, but also a bit prickly because of the high ABV. The nose is rife with citrus and agrum. I get both lime as lemon and grapefruit. Apart from that some sweet barley and breakfast cereals. Add some soft garden herbs. Thyme, mostly. Flowers and caramel. This is more than OK.
It is quite hot and peppery, but immediately the citrus returns. Nothing new, but quite pleasant. Adding water makes it sweeter, maybe even a tad too much.
The finish is long and warm on vanilla and lemongrass.
Absolutely not complex, but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless. Nice aperitif whisky.