Nose: Warming and spicy. Baked apples with sultanas, vanilla, dried apricots, slight toffee and malty overtones, hints of cloves and cinnamon spice. With water the nose opens up to reveal more green apple, cinnamon and almonds with a very slight hint of aniseed.
Palate: Again, warming and spicy, think white pepper. The crisp maltiness tingles on the tongue. Rich fruits and cloves. Sweet with hints of candyfloss.
Finish: Nice long sweet, dry malty finish.
Overall: A great whisky to mark this auspicious occasion.