delicious and elegant - a fine apéritif malt,
which strikes an appealing balance between silky,
oily smoothness and flightier, more aromatic characteristics.
amber, polished bronze. Very slight beading.
Nose: Slow to rise.
At first, a forest floor in autumn: damp air, earthy
and wet. Above this, sweeter notes, soon developing
into a compote of fresh autumn fruits; ripe berries,
with some red apple. Later, very distant smoke and
hints of antiseptic. Later still, a surprising and
sparky orange zest. Overall, quite light and well
structured. Water makes things softer and more elegant,
bringing forth gentle orange fruit gums over hints
of creamy caramel.
Body: Light, yet
also lightly oily and tongue-coating.
Palate: Very hot,
powerful and urgent at full strength. Immediate
orange oil, then a developing complexity. Toasted
cereal notes, tarte au chocolat scented with orange
and a little ginger, the bite of a fruit compote.
At once light and drying, yet deliciously oily with
a particularly well balanced acidity. Very late
and subtle cocoa with hints of cigar box cedar.
Water cools things down; it’s all lighter,
cooling and minty now, with some boiled fruit-sweets.
Finish: Long and
persistent. Although hot and drying, remains smooth,
silky, warming and delicate, with a sweetly fragrant
Tasting Notes by Diageo
Nose: Sweet, light
and perfumed: dried flowers, lemon, soft fruits, hazelnut
and syrup. Reminiscent somehow of crunchy nut cornflakes.
Palate: Still floral and attractive. There’s
a hit of lemon meringue pie in the middle, and all
very light, sweet and fragrant.
Finish: A little short, but you don’t
want this style of malt to last forever.
Comment: A lovely
sweet, frothy, summery dram.
Notes by Dave Broom