Burnished gold in colour. The two styles of maturation casks complement each other, producing a full bodied smooth aroma. The maturity that shows through comes from the America barrels and the spicy, creamy nose is from the old style smaller casks. A touch of water allows the full complexity of the Highland Peated Malt to appear. The rich softness linked with the smooth, slightly dry aroma is combined with just enough earthy peat smoke to avoid being overpowering.
At bottle strength, the full rich flavours burst and fill the mouth with a creamy peat tang and a touch of soft vanilla. If a touch of water is added then the flavours increase with the addition of a sweet ripe fruit start followed by the tang of peat.
A full and succulent nose. The full bodied smoothness can be best appreciated at bottling strength but with a touch of water the full complexity can be recognised.