Nose: A medium-bodied, rather sublime nose, laden with Christmas spice, mixed peels and sherry-like aromas of sultana and prune. With time in the glass, notes of calf leather and resin appear, as well as thyme and freshly dug earth. Hints of dried banana chips and vanilla provide inviting sweetness.
Palate: An abundance of rich, chewy, nut-like flavours. There’s an oily texture here which coats the palate, offering up hints of smoke, heather roots, butterscotch and Christmas pudding, drenched in brandy.
Finish: Malty and rich to the very end, those Christmas spices cling on, as do faint wisps of wood-smoke.
Overall: A staggeringly complex, rich and intense dram: there’s a reason Jim Murray named this best single malt Scotch 41 years & over!