|Photo and sample courtesy of Cobo|
Ownership at time of bottling: Grand Metropolitan (via Justerini & Brooks)
Type: Single Malt
Region: Speyside (Central)
Age: 24 years
Alcohol by Volume: 43%
The color is light gold. The nose is big on florals (blossoms and soap) and is very delicate. Dust, cotton, fuji apple skins, honey, and lemons right from the tree. Whipped honey butter and cantaloupes. Hints of grapefruit and the ocean. The palate starts of musty, like a much older bottle. Then there's apple juice, vanilla beans, and burnt toffee. A slight note of industrial plastics, another of carpet. But overall it grows sweeter and spicier with time. The moderate length finish has the apple juice and vanilla beans as well. Though it's more like vanilla meringue here. Bit of the carpet fiber note too. Like the palate, it also gains spices and sweetness with time.
This is a fragile-feeling whisky whose nose seems like its about to float right off its face. The nose is quite pretty (and I would say "feminine" if that didn't make the oceans seethe) with its flowers, fruit peels, and honey (again!). The palate is mild and gentle as well, though its charms escaped me quicker than those of the nose. Still, this is a heck of a thing to be reviewing and I'm very thankful to have had the opportunity to do so. Thank you, Cobo!
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Rating - 81