Nose: Sooo buttery and fruity – prunes, raisins and tamarind sweets. In fact, I’ll repeat Tamarind Sweets, and leave it there.
Palate: Very thick and rich, with notes of nutmeg and cardamom pepping up a core of gorgeous old sherry and damson jam. This is exactly what you want from decent sherry-matured Speyside whisky; it’s not too dry, not too rubbery, it has a hint of umami too. Noted traffic cone thief Billy Abbott from “the competition” mentioned getting a whiff of sulphur, but if there was one it was very subdued.
Finish: Medium length, very rich. Some potpourri, mushroom and orange zest.
Overall: You can see this working well with the cheeseboard… Overall it’s a rich, beguiling whisky which will certainly be a big hit when it hits the shops.