Appearance: Polished rosewood, magenta lights in the bottle. Deep orange with scarlet lights in the glass.
Aroma: (straight) Initially somewhat closed, then a scent of alcoholic wedding cake mix, with citric top notes – glacé orange peel, lemon peel and angelica root. Gradually the cake makes itself, and icing sugar appears, with hints of marzipan, combined with zesty orange marmalade. A hint of fragrant sandalwood is the only wood note discernable.
Reduced (@35%) A tea-spoon of water enhances the wood note, now planed and polished hardwood and also cigar wrapper; turns the icing sugar into soft brown. A trace of beeswax or furniture polish. Later, warm varnished wood – like a classic clinker-built boat.
Flavour: (straight) Smooth mouthfeel. Very sweet to start, and overall, although tannic and mouth-drying. Brown sugar, coffee and sandalwood in both taste and aftertaste. Very long finish. Drinks magnificently at this strength.
Reduced (@ 35%) Only light sweetness now. Centre palate. Long finish. Sandalwood lingers in the aftertaste.
Comment: Complex, mellow and interesting. It manages to retain vivacity, in a fully mature way – the flavours from maturation/wood do not flatten it or dominate completely, just fill it out. A Sean Connery of malts! Drinks best straight.