Nose: Candy apple and red fruit sweetness, followed by dark cherries, ginger and creamy vanilla. A drop of water unlocks some peaty smoke deep within.
Palate: Spiced up front, crushed black pepper and cinnamon joined by oily barley. It slowly turns sweet and juicy with a hint of citrus peels.
Finish: Smoke lasts and lasts on the finish.
Overall: A shining star of a dram, bright and warming. It certainly lives up to the high standards set by the Dubhe.