Body - Sweet malt, a little spice, some dusty oak, some more chocolate. A touch of drying smoke or sulphur or something. Works well.
Finish - Quite long, a touch raw on the cereal edge, the malt note is a little awkward. Some great tropical flavours developing near the end and like the 17, the bitterness that plagues the younger expressions has netted out.
What's not good about it: Lacks integration near the end, and lacking a little complexity overall
What’s good about it: Beautiful nose, as ever, loads of citrus complexity on the nose. Loving the toffee chocolate furrow being ploughed by Arran as it grows up.
Compared to the new 17: On the nose the 16 is a little more obvious and sweet, the 17 has just that bit more elegance and just smells more... expensive. There’s a bit more of the members club about the 17 and it’s a bit more feminine. On the palate, lots more complexity to the 17, a longer spicier finish and a real lingering beauty to it. I’m still loving the 17, but the 16 is definitely worthy. Great trajectory.