Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)
Nose: a bold, jammy attack on the nose, mostly on citrons and lemons, the malt getting then even fruitier, maybe more in classic Lowland style than other St. Magdalenes. Still there are fine notes of linseed oil, maybe olive oil, ashes… There’s also an excellent spiciness (hints of cloves and nutmeg). Much more drinkable ‘just like that’ than expected.
Mouth: more or less in the same vein as on the nose, with lemon marmalade and a beautiful oakiness (perfect ‘oaky balance’ here at 30yo). Long, rather dry finish, quite sensual I must say. More than other versions in any case. Love it, 92 points.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Nose: Deep fruity nose – cherries, kirsch, strawberry jam, heady roses, develops traces of Black Forest Gateau, then freshens to unripe cherries and tinned pears, with almonds behind. Adding water brings up pear-drops and acetone at first, then crème brulee and burnt orange marmalade (faint peat). Later some tangerine and passion fruit notes.
Body: Light, slightly waxy, with good viscosity.
Palate: Very expressive, surprisingly fruity. Jammy sweetness and considerable fresh acidity. An interesting cedar-dry medicinal development (like inhaling an old- fashioned cough remedy). Chocolate spread on toast.
Finish: Dries out into a warming, lightly bitter, short finish, leaving a ghost of