I have just opened a bottle of this single Highland malt from the Knockdhu distillery. I was expecting pretty big things after reading some glowing reviews of the whisky.
There was little aroma when nosed from the bottle, which right away suggests a milder whisky. I poured some in a Glencairn glass, took a few sips, and then added a splash of water to open it up a bit. Here are my initial impressions:
The nose is light, grassy. Definitely none of the fruity sweetness you get from a sherried Speyside. Very clean, almost grainy. Light sweetness, bubblegum, and a mineral smell my brain associates with a crushed brick, or maybe chalk dust.
In the mouth it is light-bodied, peppery, almost salty. Surprisingly dry. A bit of honey. Not a ton of development as it spreads across the tongue. It finishes dry and somewhat bitter. Long finish considering the light flavour.
Not what I expected. I don't dislike it but it has neither the robust Speyside sweetness nor the pungent smoke of a coastal malt. Almost seems more Lowland in style.
Toward the end of the glass I get more bourbony notes. This is possibly a whisky that will take some time to appreciate, which is all right.