Nose: A tremendous, balanced, subtly smoky nose with notes of custard, pastries, fragrant barley, fruit salad and tobacco leaf. Complex and inviting.
Palate: Barley notes weave in and out of touches of chocolate, candied ginger, dried apricot and peat smoke. Wonderfully rounded with flamed orange peel and a little kiwi late on.
Finish: Well-toasted teacake with sultanas, lingering marzipan and hints of espresso.
Overall: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Made exclusively with whiskies from Scottish distilleries that have now sadly closed, including the legendary Port Ellen, malt from which clearly contributes meaningfully to this exceptional blend.