A single malt from an undisclosed distillery although this could very well be Benrinnes. This is the second batch (since they started indicating batch numbers on the bottle). One has to presume that the batches are made up from a variety of cask featuring both American and European oak.
On the nose there it’s very ‘big’ with heather, tinned fruit salad, toasted malt and roses (just a wee bit). There are also very slight hints of coal smoke (just hints mind you).
The taste it’s quite gentle but still flavourful with some big malt and oak notes taking the lead followed by the heather and roses in the van. The tinned fruit also makes an appearance but the oak notes banish them quite quickly None the less it all works as this is very tasty stuff. Very drinkable.
The finish is mouth smackingly good with the toasted malt and slight green notes (perhaps a little grapefruit?) all roiling around together. More mouth smacking malt and perhaps a little of the coal smoke.
Vey nice and very easy drinking.
Score 84 points
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