There’s quite some oak, but it’s not overpowering. It’s more like a canvas for the other scents. A lot of rather crisp fruity notes, with orange peel, tangerine. It’s slightly buttery, a bit beurre noisette like. Roasted almonds, too.
The palate is rather gentle, with oak, a bitter almond note and slightly burnt butter. Toasted bread, even. Orange peel with a bit of pithiness, with a bit of a marmalade sweetness too. It gets a bit more zesty with a minute on the palate. It’s more tropical than the nose with a hint of mango.
The finish is slightly more typical with a bit more oak, and more focus on the grape fruitiness. There’s a bit of a syrupy sweetness, with thick grape pulp, as well as the orangy notes from before.
Nose: not that far from the L.68-72, with similar juicy fruits (nectarines, tangerines, damsons) and floral honey. Later also darker honey, raisin rolls and caramelized nuts, mint, a good dose of polished exotic wood and hints of verbena.
Mouth: the fruity theme is still there. Hints of damsons and pink grapefruit, but they are quickly overtaken by pipe tobacco, roasted nuts and a hint of wood char. Mentholated notes. Hints of black tea (bitter leafy notes) and liquorice wood. Water doesn’t make a big difference in this case.
Finish: long, with a dark sweetness underneath, sultanas, rancio and oak.
Great start – after the nose I though we were in the same ballpark as the one for Kirsch. On the palate it gets a little more robust and woody, leaving a slightly bitter footprint. Good stuff, available from Passion for Whisky.