Nose: Classic honeyed flapjack character. Porridge, hot milk, sweet oatcakes, shortbread, cranachan. Wet peaty phenols and burnt toast in the background. A drop of water releases more sweetness and a hint of lychee and rosehip.
Palate: Absolutely massive. Coal. Huge, warm, peppery surge with a delicious honeyed edge and a faint hint of the exotic fruit from the nose. Mouthwatering. Intense smoked barley. This is clean as a whistle and sharp as a stiletto. Dangerously drinkable with water.
Finish: Extremely long, and very warming as the pepper slowly fades. This is exactly what you’d want to find in your hipflask during a long hike in the rain.
Comment: Bursting with life and character, with a real rugged depth and some very appealing sweet notes, particularly when lightly diluted. A very engaging, exuberant dram.