Advent Calendar 20/24. This came out of the calendar on the day I visited the SMWS rooms in Greville Street and had my mind opened by a happy range of single cask blockbusters. I think 2014 is going to be very interesting! This ones alright though – I tasted it at the Whisky Show and thought a bit more of it than I do now.
Nose – Classical, fruity, waxed, then deeply and beautifully waxed, but with a smoky dustiness (like barley dust) that catches a little and reduces the opulence a touch. At first absolutely beautiful but deeper investigation reduces the charm.
Body – More classicism, deftly balanced peat. Polite, refreshing, nicely fruity, characterful but not exactly complex.
Finish – Functional. Wood rapidly dominates with chilli and bitterness, and the balance of the whole falls apart.
What's not good about it: Nose is dusty and the balance goes downhill from the nose.
What’s good about it: Smooth, pleasant, classic profile and easy drinking.