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Nose: sweet, creamy vanilla cake. I am melting a single ice cube in the glass, because otherwise this whisky is just too hot and tart to fully enjoy. As the ice melts it releases more enticing vanilla with just the slightest hint of lemon zest.
Taste: full, malty, with vanilla and grassy flavours which hit right away and spread across the tongue. Sort of one-dimensional but still quite beautiful with the full-bodied sweetness leading the way.
Finish: slightly tangy, oak-laden, not much in the way of fruit.
Balance: in many ways, this is Scotch in its purest form. No smoke, sherry, or fancy wine finish to obscure the pure taste of the malt. And a lovely taste it is, though perhaps lacking in the flavour development you would expect from a more fully-matured Speyside malt.