Less sweet and fruity on the palate than the nose led you to expect. The balance is not there. Water makes it more bitter.
18 Years Old
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Intense, slightly sharp. Fruity. Chalky. Pear drop. Ripe apricot. Nail varnish.
Palate: Smooth at start then becoming sherbety. Cooked fruit (apples and pears) soon covered by dry oakiness.
Finish: Oak gives it tangy feel and some astringency. Walnut peel aftertaste.
Comment: Less sweet and fruity on the palate than the nose led you to expect. The balance is not there. Water makes it more bitter.
Nose: Decent intensity with vegetal (wet banana leaf)/green plum notes. Tropical notes mixed with dry hay and flowers. Hint of toffee and crisp oak. Slightly acidic, yet sweet.
Palate: Direct with decent grip. Finer in character than the 12 with similar levels of sweetness but this has more toastiness and better length. Silky.
Finish: Sweet. Toffee crisp.
Comment: This is best neat. Shows a clean progression of flavours.
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