Nose: Grassy and malty, with crisp fruit notes. Apples, pears, citrus, toffee, vanilla, honey, and floral notes. If neat, you’ll find more toffee and orange notes.
Palate: Creamy, sweet, and floral. Citrus and lemongrass greet us first. Crème brulée, ginger, woodspice, violet, lavender, nuts, cinnamon, sherry, licorice, white wine vinegar, marzipan, and red apples.
Finish: Medium long and slightly dry. Very much a continuation of the palate. Oak, grass, malt, baking spices, orange rind, vanilla, burnt toast, milk chocolate, oats, and some floral notes. Good complexity.
Thoughts: This is good. In some ways it’s very Speyside, and in some ways it’s not. In keeping with the house style, there’s a distinct grassiness to the character. This is gently floral as well. Initially, it’s very approachable, but this whisky isn’t without edge. There are big spices here and a certain astringency that may not be to everyone’s liking. I’d sum it up as a traditional, old-school Speysider with a few extra quirks. This was a fun one to try, but to me it’s perhaps not as legendary as they say. Definitely grab it if you see it.