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on 25 May 2013
This is a really nice whisky and good value for the money as well. You should pay (May 2013) around £28 per bottle.

There's a fresh, spicy, floral aroma. Some people say that you can smell
the sea in coastal malts like this but I am not sure how you can!

The taste is lovely. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Spicy gingercake
with cream which is then followed by candied fruit and roast nuts. A
warm sherryish finish.

Once the bottle has been open a few months the finish becomes more almond essence than roast almond. With the addition of a splash of water, this almond essence is intensified and sweetened.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 3 April 2013
Purchased on offer from my local store for £24 so be wary as the price of this can vary dramatically. I would also recommend that when you get a bottle of this to leave the cork off the top for a good hour or so to allow the whisky to breath (this whisky needs time for the air to allow it to settle down).

Ensure that you pour a dram of this a good 15 minutes before you are due to start drinking and add a drop (literally a drop and no more) of cool water, i say only a drop as this whisky in my opinion starts to go bitter if you add too much water and 1 drop of water seems to strike the right balance...so remember less is more with this one! As soon as you put your nose to this whisky you're immediately reminded that it was matured by the sea, it has a slight salty/lemon tang to it which goes in perfect harmony with the input the cask has had on the whisky. You can tell that at just 12 years old the casks that have been used are good quality and as fresh as you can get....why? Well at 12 years you're getting more than you normally would and the quality if self evident. In the mouth just like on the nose there's vanilla and pineapple notes and a peppery back note with toffee...almost fudge like! Quite nippy on the tongue if you hold it in the mouth too long and a smooth yet relatively short finish once you've swallowed it. The taste at the finish is much the same as in the mouth although a green apple note comes through at the very end leading to a dryness. At no point could i detect any peat smoke!

Other things i would like to add are that the bottle is one of the nicest looking i have seen along with a good sturdy cork. Also note that the bottle doesn't state whether or not there is any caramel colour in it, so that means it probably does although not too much due to it's light colour. Also note that this whisky is at 40% Alcohol and has been chill-filtered.

VERDICT: This is an excellent starting place when it comes down to Bourbon matured whisky and you will struggle to find better without spending substantially more! Very good quality and well made by the people up near Wick.

RECOMMENDED!!!
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