Hello Highland! This dram is actually very creamy and malty: butterscotch, toffee, heather, honey, beeswax, barley. Next to this, there is a faint, yet pleasant layer of peat smoke, engine oil, workshop, licorice, heather, fennel, lemon, sour apple, grass and menthol.
Quite punchy, especially given it’s age. But that’s good. It’s not so sweet as the nose might suggest, there is a nice acidic layer (fresh fruit). The balance between the creamy, fruity and earthy elements is very good, everything is well integrated and complex. With water and after quite a while, the earthy and oily side dominates but stays gentle.
Gets a little ginger-y, drying, but furthermore nicely balanced between creamy notes of toffee, earthy notes, fruit and the malt.
A nice, complex, yet lively whisky from a distillery that had another style in the days when this one was produced. It’s very good. If you like the creamy notes of butterscotch and toffee, you’d better drink it shortly after it’s in the glass. If you like the earthy side more, wait more than a half our… If the finish would have been a tad less drying, it would have gotten another extra point.
Verdict: 90 points