N: Rich and luxurious, very strong aromas of smoked heather, with honeyed oatcakes or flapjacks, dark fruit (blackberry, plum, prunes), sponge cake, honeysuckle, and plenty of old polished oak giving a touch of spice. Develops red liquorice notes with time. Highly attractive and complex.
P: Medium-full. Big spice hit, then dusty oak and gingery marmalade fruit arrive as well, although the spices (ginger, cinnamon bark, white pepper, chilli powder) and oak are dominant. The expected heather and honey notes emerge towards the finale.
F: Decent length, warming, becoming dry. The spices tingle longest on the tongue, with the heather and dry oak slowly dying away.
C: A serious, at times quite austere dram that commands the attention. If this whisky was a teacher, it would be a gruff old-fashioned headmaster with a mortar-board, a cane and a heart of gold.