Color: Old polished copper, orange blossom honey color liquid forming a thin ring around the glass immediately turning into quick but quite oily looking legs. It has such an inviting deep orange color...
Nose: Sesame brittles, candied orange peel and dried black currants. Toasted coconut flakes, melted butter and warm honey.
Palate: Caramel pecan brittles, toasted almonds and hazelnuts and allspice. Letting it air even a couple of minutes helps immensely: Whole cloves, butterscotch and star anise. It's growing on me every minute... White chocolate, nutmeg and steamed milk.
Finish: Medium to long with baking spices: Cloves, ground ginger and allspice. Burnt honey and hot chocolate.
Overall: It probably cannot get more Christmasy than this... The spices added by ex-Port and ex-Madeira wine casks are spot on. Although it is incredibly loaded from nose to finish with all kind of baking spices, honey and caramel driven notes it has a rather light mouthfeel which gives an incredibly pleasurable drinking experience. I loved how it is not too viscous and syrupy on the texture because most of the time special releases focusing on Christmas and Holidays end up being very thick and jammy limiting your pace to one glass per night. It is definitely not the case here. Like always many thanks to my friend US Brand Ambassador of Paul John Koray Kaan Özdemir for sending me this sample and making this review possible. Happy Holidays to you too Whisky Monster..!