Nose: Very light and gentle. Malt, honey, cereal, melon, green apple, and sweet citrus. Not complex, but quite pleasant overall.
Palate: Smooth and slightly watery. Gentle fruit, oak, vinegar, raisins, apples, honey, and baking spices. The notes are somewhat convoluted.
Finish: Short finish. Gentle peat, baking spices, faint mint, honey, cereal, barley, and sultanas.
Thoughts: Honestly, it’s kind of boring. What’s lacking here is character, richness, and intensity. It’s a decidedly Speyside release, but it’s too generic. There’s nothing particularly bad here other than the fact that it’s, well, so average.
BUT… this ought to be understood in the context in which it is marketed. In that sense, it is what it should be. A pleasant beginner’s dram for someone who wants to get a feel for Speyside whiskies. It’s a superficial offering, but it serves a purpose. If you want to learn about Speyside, you can dip a toe in and test the waters. Snooty anoraks like us might forget this one rather quickly, though.