Color: Rich straw, oaked white wine color with a sharp line of tiny teardrops around the glass very hesitantly morphing into thin but very slow moving legs.
Nose: Honeysuckle, lemon curd bars and dried malt. Breakfast cereals, lemon zest and vanilla. Red apple peel, chamomile tea and jonquils. Gets maltier and sort of crunchy as well after adding a few drops of water: Wet wool, crispy oatmeal cookies and cake batter. Lemon frosting, coconut cream pie and dried oak.
Palate: Quite different than what I expected after the nose... Not that sweet or citrusy: Wool, pipe tobacco, and beeswax. Milk chocolate, coal gas and sesame oil. Water thins the texture a notch but adds a little sweetness as well: White cranberry juice, cream soda and sweet digestive biscuits. Butter and almond paste...
Finish: Medium to long with beeswax, bread crust and almonds.
Overall: Exactly what I was expecting and hoping from Mark Watt... A very distillate driven whisky with optimal cask influence delivering a quite creamy and weighty texture. It's citrusy, malty and crisp. A great first sample for starting the line-up. Right up my alley to be honest and also fairly priced. I would like to buy a bottle... Thanks to Kate Watt kindly sending me this sample for reviewing purposes without any strings being attached. All the notes and thoughts above are my own.