Worth seeking out, especially for those who enjoy a classic Speyside profile like The Macallan or The Glenlivet, but want to get a little bolder.
It starts sweet on the palate, yet remains surprisingly dry. The Islay resemblance comes though, then the dryness becomes spicy – cinnamon and cloves, which expand on the palate. The finish is long and very smooth, ending with an impression of smoke.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking decent Scotch has to be expensive…Recently, my brother-in-law David introduced me to a couple of highland single malts that qualify as real bargains, which should please any Scotch lover on your gift list.
The color is deep amber, almost ruby. The nose is spicy and intense… Swirling in the glass, it exhibits an oily consistency that lingers… The body is heavy and deep; caramel is prominent early on, followed by cinnamon and finishing with vanilla. It finishes long, tingling with reminisces of clove and campfire smoke.
An ongoing personal ranking of single malt Scotches, with tasting notes.
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