Nose: Apples and pears at the fore. Definitely a bit of a grapey/brandy note, dark chocolate, faint oak, salt, ginger, sherry, caramel, cinnamon, honey, citrus, coffee and sawdust. A tiny splash of water opens this up nicely.
Palate: Medium bodied, with big chocolate, raisins, leather, treacle, hazelnut, gooseberries, and cherry pipe tobacco.
Finish: A continuation of the palate. Chocolate, more raisins, treacle, leather, hazelnut, gooseberries, cinnamon, sherry, brandy, and tobacco . Medium finish.
Thoughts: This one has been panned by most reviewers. To be honest, it’s not a favorite. But it’s not as bad as most reviews out there would suggest. With time this opens up, and becomes more substantial. It’s pleasant, drinkable, and a touch different. The raisin-y profile does give this a twist. But like the Nomad “Outland” whisky, it’s a bit of a one trick pony. Unless you like big raisin notes, this might get old fast. I was initially worried that this would fall under the category of ‘boring.’ It’s not. I like it fine as an easy sipper.