Nose: Fairly spicy, with root ginger, clover honey, a slight mineral hint and subtle smoky, ashy notes, a touch of Lotus biscuits and a buttery caramel undertone. With water, it’s much more creamy, with sweet malt, condensed milk, vanilla cheesecake and prominent floral honey this time, and a very subtle grassy note.
Palate: A huge hit of spice straight off, with peppery oak, a continued flinty mineral note, set honey and just a hint of tinned pear. With water, it’s all cream soda, fresh hay and just a hint of sea salt, with the spice more tempered this time, and dried apple.
Finish: A mineral finish, with white pepper, dried apricot, waxy vanilla and a gentle lingering smoke…
DALWHINNIE 15 Y.O.
Nose: Clean and fresh, with heather honey, pears, a touch of toffee and a soft floral note.
Palate: Bright and fruity, but also rich, with notes of steamed syrup pudding and sponge cake, with a little cinnamon and nutmeg.
Finish: Just enough spice to match the fruit. Lovely balance.