It was aged just under four years in four different cask types: first-fill American (33%), virgin American (18%), premium French (25%), and vin doux naturel (24%). While the barley in this one was grown farther north, there’s not a lot of cask type difference from the Rathclogh. Still, the aromas are very different. This whisky has a more classically malt-forward nose with sweet cereals, ginger, and Honey Grahams dominating. On the palate, it drinks more classic, too, nicely rounded and rich with a doughy sweetness and lots of orchard fruit notes — pears and apples all stewed and heavily spiced. It’s mouth-coating and oily into the generous finish, accented by a lingering bit of lemon curd. A- Christopher Null, Drinkhacker.com
Nose: Malty, raisins, orange chocolate, black peppercorns, citrus fruits, red currants; like eating a light cinnamon porridge, while sitting in a worn leather chair.
Taste: Spice rack bomb, green apple, marzipan, lemon sherbet, liquorice, grapefruit, dark chilly chocolate, popping candy.