Light honey gold. Even after a dollap of water, the color was about the same. Lovely, lovely, inexpensive gold.
Being a Speyside, I expected the nose to be sweet and floral. A pleasant surprise awaited me when I actually took a whiff. While the caramel, peat, and floral scents definitely were there, a noticeable aroma of the sea and even a little wood stands up and gets your attention and the peat was a little stronger than expected.
The body is light to medium with a slight lingering, not really a coating, like I said, a lingering on the tongue.After the aroma, I thought I knew what I was in for with the flavor. While the taste does stay close to the aroma, an additional nutty flavor and a heavier sweetness were nice surprises. After taking notes on the tasting, I looked at a few other reviews on teh Interwebs. Several others said exactly what I was thinking: With a little aging, this would be a great whisky. But then everyone agreed with the fact that for $20 per bottle ($15 in some places) that this is a great whisky. Thatswhere all the packaging money was spent!The finish is pretty quick. If I could change one thing about this whisky, it would be that the finish last a little longer. Not a deal breaker by any means, just me being picky.