A recently added addition to the core range, this is one of those obviously high quality malts that’s just a pleasure to drink. In fact, quite a lot of the Last Great Malts range has been pretty awesome – the Craigellachie and Aultmores were all fantastic, Royal Brackla I need to get to but I know them well from SMWS bottlings.
Nose - In a word; classy. Ah it’s refreshing to nose non-single-cask-cask-strength whisky occasionally! Delicately floral and fruity (ripe peach, cut sweet cherry), very fresh and juicy, and a lovely cask character - warm and woody, lightly waxed. Deliciously sweet and very attractive.
Body - Light and elegant, fresh and well rounded. Some white chocolate, a hint of cut rosemary, restrained blonde oak.
Finish - Gently wooded with fresh tannins and a kiss of grapefruit bitterness. Drying enough at the end to bring you back for another taste.
This is an elegant, gentle whisky that has a lovely balance of flavours. One for a large measure in a cut-glass tumbler over a long, interesting conversation. Recommended.