This is middle of the road whisky for me. It doesn’t do anything especially wonderful but it doesn’t do anything wrong either. It’s definitely drinkable, is smooth and has some fruity flavours to it. The distillery markets the bouquet as being “intense smooth, rich orchard fruits” so you get what you buy in this case. I preferred it neat since, strangely enough, the addition of some water (“releasing the serpent”) doesn’t smooth out the whiskey and instead seems to make it spicier.
Overall, this is a solid whisky that I’d reserve for friends who like single malts but it’s not really a special occasion whiskey for me. A solid 3 out of 5.
My grandmother was the matriarch of our family for many years. After her passing we all huddled together talking about what a life she’d lived, and how wonderful she was to everyone.
“Except if you got on her bad side.” someone said.
Everyone burst out laughing, and then in turn remembered being on the barrel end of that woman. It strengthened our pride in her legacy.
The reason I bring up this feisty and loving lady, is because she did something peculiar I’ve never seen anyone do since: eat a dry Weet-Bix, cut in half, buttered, with a slice of cheese between the halves. The dry crunchy wheatiness embedded itself into my mind. When I drink this whisky, that’s definitely one of the flavours that come through for me. There is also a fair share of apple and cinnamon, but the grain undertones hold this whisky together.
Unlike many whiskies, when you add some water, it doesn’t mellow out the drink. Instead it seems to fortify it! Strong spices come through, followed by a rounded sweetness.