Lightish nose all around, but layered with tropical and fruit notes. Some breezy notes of honeysuckle, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee and citrus float through with a bit of wood.
Fruit is muddled together here on the palate and mixed with notes of dark honey, malt, burnt graham cracker pie crust, vanilla and a smoky char. Theres a darkness to the palate that wasnt as apparent on the nose.
Fruit, wood, vanilla and ash go on… and on… and on… and on…
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
The darkness of it pulls things in a weird direction; its a wobbly balance if you will. Medium body with a soft smooth texture.
This one I actually like and if it were around the $35 mark it would feel like a better deal. Compared to the Lismore 15 its a significant improvement but, again, whats keeping it back is that ashy darkness on the palate and finish. It seems to dull down a potentially tasty malt and at the moment its hard to justify the price when Laphroaig 10 is the same price and sitting right above it at Trader Joes.