On the nose is vanilla, ginger, raisin, lemon curd, plums, dark chocolate, apples, sweet, fruit, dried apricots, honey, light note of tobacco, caramel and black ground pepper.
Clover honey, raisin, vanilla, fudge, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, walnuts and a light touch of wood on the palate at first. Then chocolate and rich fruitcake with all sort of dried stone fruits in it... Flowery notes appearing a bit through the honey and fudge sweetness.
Smooth and velvet mouth feel, with a touch of fresh stuffed pastry with vanilla pudding and topped with powder sugar. Warm, spices and honey linger on on the middle length finish. A bit of cocoa powder feel is left behind with some cinnamon and dash of lemon.
Balanced, nice and warm dram. 7,5 out of 10 was my first score a while back. But with some time and coming back to it, I must say I find this a good balance between what you get for your money and raising the score to 8 out of 10. That was earlier this year. Now still staying at the good 8 for sure, one of my favorite whiskies...