North Star spirits Inchgower 11yr old, 52.5% ABV.

Appearance – Mid gold in colour, quite viscous on the glass, and rather reluctantly runs down in thick dropslets.

Nose – Initial aromas are malty, biscuit cheese cake base and nutty, followed by sweetened pineapple, sweet lemon juice, icing sugar, and the lightest bbq smoke, it’s quite a condensed nose tbh.

Palate – The palate is much sweeter up front, and thinner than the viscosity on the glass implied, tropical fruits, pineapple, apricot, and lemon with honey, then it starts to develop into darker fruits, stewed dark fruits, a little white pepper, and slowly getting spicier with root ginger, cardamom, and nutmeg. There is also the faintest hint of oil.

Finish – Medium in length, quite warming, spicy and oaky with a sweet icing sugar note that continues to run through it.

My thoughts – The nose is a little uptight but rather loverly, the development on the palate is very nice, transitions from tropical into dark fruits with spice, very nice, it’s a loverly whisky.

Would I buy a bottle? – yes, there’s plenty to enjoy, and the palate is delightful.

Thanks to – @bogstandarddram (Twitter).

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