Nose – Florentine biscuits heavy with candied peel, honey, fresh pine resin.
Palate – Pineapple juice and lemon popping candy. Toasted Brioche.
Nose with water – Gummy strawberries and sherbet lemons. Muscovado sugar.
Palate with water – Sharp burst of lemons, turning to grapefruit. Ashy finish.
On the nose, this Island Malt offers notes of signature honey sweetness, binding a chewy florentine of citrus peel and candied fruit. The fresh smell of pine and its resin, slightly charred by the circular saw abounds. When water is added, a huge sweetness emerges, like all kinds of gummy sweets – but particularly those huge strawberries that get stuck in your teeth.
On the palate, this whisky is a society wit – it makes a point sharply and fast, leaving the audience reeling. Without water it prickles on the tongue like concentrated pineapple juice and pop rocks, with just a hint of something toasty in the background. After water is added, the sweetness burns away quickly, leaving a long, dry finish of ruby grapefruit grilled over embers.