Colour: dark chocolate
Nose: plump raisins soaked in rum, cinnamon, hazelnuts, black cherries, a luxurious red wine, maple syrup, calamine lotion, roasted coffee beans, tobacco. Water surprisingly delivers cauliflower or maybe just a vegetable feel for some which links in with the Oxo cubes and good old bovril.
Taste: lots of treacle, blackberries, a touch of mint leaf then some fine tobacco. Moving on there’s bark, bitter red salad leaves and black pepper.
A beast of a dram and I’ve got to say far too unbalanced. The nose delivers but the palate is just a rugged scramble down a rocky hillside. Its uneven, badly thought out and leaves you knackered. SMWS didn’t pick the cask for this whisky (a refill butt would have been an improvement) but at least they could have granted a couple more years to allow a joyful plan to develop.