Nose: Rather malty with a decent amount of peat and some nutmeg. It’s quite sweet too, with manuka honey, toffee apple and brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla. Something tangy develops in the glass, like sour apple sweets, and there’s just a hint of old-fashioned cola and coconut ice.
Palate: Tangy and very spicy. This is absurdly enjoyable, and it tastes bizarre. Grassy, gristy with hints of condensed milk, some coriander seeds, nutmeg, and more than a suggestion of gin botanicals. There’s also a hint of the rubber they use to make basketballs, which is a refreshing change from all those other whiskies which don’t taste like sporting products. Very herbal as it develops.
Finish: Long, very spicy and warming. Some cold coffee, almond, and gin botanicals on the tail, with trailing ginger sweetness.
Overall: Utterly bonkers, but really rather wonderful!