Matured in a combination of Oloroso, Pedro Ximenez and American oak casks. A blend of Speyside & Highlands whisky.
Appearance: Mahogony with a Tizer tinge. Good oily coating with many thick legs forming and good swirl mark.
Nose: Rea, dried fruits, confectionary sugar and a fruit jamminess. Quite reminiscent of Christmas pudding.
There are faint baking spices and (something I’m getting a lot recently) fruit salad sweets.
Palate: Smooth oily arrival. Xmas spiced butter, custard, lemon, cinnamon, berries in syrup and icing sugar.
There are flashes of new-make berry notes.
A touch of smoke and some slight bitterness at the back of the tongue are also emerging, quite nice and a good balance against the sweetness.
However, the more I sip, the sweeter this gets and I really like that. Full of sugary berry loveliness!
Finish: Spiced butter, custard and berries. It’s like strawberries and cream crepes!
Overall: Very nice! Good sweetness, but with enough going on with spices and buttery notes to make it multi-dimensional.