First Big Peat (Islay), then last year Scallywag (Speyside), now Timorous Beastie – a vatting of Highland malts, including Blair Athol, Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne.
Body – Sweet, then wooded. Young and fresh but the cereal detracts. Water brings out the sweetness a little more and rounds out the edges.
Finish – Chinese notes of water chestnut and lotus root. Good structure and malt notes right through delivery. Lingering, quite cloying sweetness at the end.
What’s not good about it – Young, stern and cereal driven. Not very timorous! Big Peat is much better.
What’s good about it – Good balance, a good young blend (of malts), and an interesting delivery.