Colour: Rich walnut, dark amber, antique bronze.
Nose: Huge and complex, robust oak, burnt heather. Poached pears in chocolate toffee, raisins, cinnamon & cloves. A touch of leather and then dark roast coffee.
Taste: Initial cosseting smoothness, treacle, sweet. Then cedar, oak and drying bitter chocolate notes.
Finish: Doesn't overstay. Heavy oak and sweet tobacco. Rich fruit cake. Smoky and very warming.
[Tasting notes by David Stewart, Malt Master]