Color: Medium amber, orange blossom honey color with fast but pretty thick and oily legs.
Nose: Used car tires, baked apples and maple syrup. PX Sherry, unstruck matches and Meyer lemons. Airing helps a lot, no sulphury and rubbery aromas to detect after a while... Overripe pears, candied orange peel and apricot nectar. Breakfast cereals with a lot of honey on, copper pennies and bitter greens It's a thick, syrupy and quite enjoyable nose.
Palate: Surprisingly weighty and thick mouthfeel. I actually don't have any clue why for some reason I expected it being rather thin. Maybe because of its price..? Odd.. Anyway, moving on: Wet wool, dandelion leaves and chamomile ice tea. Bunsen burner, plastic food containers and pear compote. Very Bowmore-esque... Cookie dough, cream soda and toasted oak. Charcoal and vanilla.
Finish: Medium to long with white pepper, ground ginger and grape seeds. It gets bitter and tannic at the very end.
Overall: I am pleasantly surprised... This is an incredibly satisfying single malt for the price you pay. Definition of a perfect session whisky, good to pour any time of the day and easy to drink. Great companion to a pint of ale in your local watering hole while you are chatting with your friends and having a good time. It's such a shame that this bottle wasn't under my radar before but it is now... Definitely recommended if you are looking for a decent dram that won't break the bank.