Colour: intense golden yellow.
Nose: elegant, distinguished. The very dense first nose is characterized by notes of candied lemon, puffed rice, coconut and camphor. After this particularly original introduction, the spicy and medicinal register gradually sets in. Black pepper, clove, star anise and incense bring lots of nobility to the aromatic palette. A radiant malted barley then comes to the forefront. It is very delicately smoky and above all honeyed (acacia, beeswax).
Palate: lively yet creamy. Perfectly embodying a single malt from the northern Highlands of Scotland, the attack is fruity (pear, pineapple), rustic (pasture, dandelion), salty, mineral (chalk), medicinal (ointment) and delicately roasted (coffee, mocha). With lots of freshness, the mid-palate is characterized by citrus (orange, clementine) and exotic fruit (passion fruit, kiwi, lichee). Increasingly saline, the end of the palate clearly evokes the seaside (shellfish, sea spray). With lots of spirit, it takes us to the top of a cliff to admire a foamy sea.
Finish: long, minimalist. A dry peat highlights the earthy and rooty (gentian) character of the start of the finish. Smoke rings then float across a sea-blue sky. Their refined bitterness evokes a herbaceous and spicy (grey pepper, star anise) Havana cigar. On the retro-nasal olfaction, white fruits (grape, Mirabelle plum, quince) flood the palate with their deliciously tangy juices. In unison with the nose and palate, the dried extracts found in the empty glass are malty, herbaceous (twig), mentholated and ashy.