After receiving a Renaissance yesterday, I am home early today to try it.
This may be a slower than normal tasting as I'm trying this whilst sitting at my PC catching up on other things.
Anyway, first impressions:
My very first nosing found some very nice hints of Scottish moor. Not so peaty, more heather-like.
But as it sits here in a glass, warming to room temperature, it is steadily filling the room with a wonderful, solid peaty aroma.
It seems to be growing in the glass!
More soon ......
I'm still on the nose and it seems to be quite sweet. Peaty, earthy, slightly floral and just a faint aroma of newly polished hiking boots.
Ok, back again.
I spent the last few minutes questioning my own comment about hiking boots.
Well, I have often spoken about the great times I have spent in my beloved Yorkshire, hiking in The Dales. The place I used to stay at was a converted pub which the school I attended until the age of 19, used to own.
Lots of olde worlde brass and country inn atmosphere. Getting up on a morning and preparing for the day's hike by treating my boots with dubbin was a real joy.
This Renaissance has just brought that vision back!
Freshly dubbinned leather boots sitting next to an open peat fire.
A wonderful image and aroma.
But don't be put off, the leather / dubbin aroma is extremely faint and may even be my own imagination playing tricks. But I certainly got that image in my head from this dram.
Maybe it's now time to try it:Palate:
An initial and surprising burst of smooth cream, followed immediately by gentle mixture of peat and wood smoke. Again, shortly followed by liquorice on the tongue.
This is indeed smooth and relatively sweet.With Water:
5 drops of water in about 1.5cl really expands the nose. It is now much more aggressive. More spicy and the floral aspects take over from the peat.Palate / Water:
Still smooth, almost more so with water. The initial flavour is now mainly liquorice, but this is soon replaced as the peat comes back from the throat, tingling across to the front of the tongue and lingers almost forever.Overall impression:
I loved the "Almost There", but this is more rounded, a little more complete and very different. Which do I prefer? I'll let you know after a H2H.
Meanwhile, this is a really good whisky. Not exactly what I expected as it is more creamy than I ever expected. There are even some floral and fruity elements which almost remind me of the Kildalton, in a peaty kind of way.
I like this and will be looking for some more.