Color: Deep gold with impressive legs.
Nose: Grassy, citrusy and tart. Fresh lemon juice, lemongrass and orange pound cake. Touch of smoke, touch of sulphur... Airing helps a lot to get rid of some sulphury off notes. Cookie dough, jonquils and dried papaya slices. That's about it... Adding water doesn't change a lot just thins out the texture.
Palate: It is usually opposite but in this case I am enjoying the palate way more than the nose right now. Pineapple slices, slightly more pronounced peat and wet thick wool. Cookie dough, jasmine tea and peach..! Yes, very dominant peach notes all over the palate... Canned peach halves, peach iced tea and cold apricot compote. Some very young malt whisky notes which I kinda liked but also surprised by. I wonder if they have some second fill barrels in the vat.
Finish: Long with mixed stone fruit compote and green malt.
Overall: First of all it is quite different than I remember... Less peaty and floral but more fruity and young... I doubt that they would change the profile that much; probably we got so used to all kind of peat monsters lately and having hard time to detect and appreciate low peat levels like this one. But these peach and apricot notes on the palate and the young whisky influence in general are quite new to me in this whisky. I liked them though... Thanks again for the present Jeremy...
|Sunset in Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney // August 2010|