Roundly praised among whisky and cigar aficionados this twelve year old Speyside single malt is used extensively in Johnnie Walker blends. Lauded for its gentle character and fruity notes, expectations run high given the $75 price tag.
Nose: Pears, candied fruit, brown sugar, and a little bit of pepper and orange zest after it opens up. The nose of this unquestionably unremarkable dram is undeniably its finest facet.
Palate: Light hints of dried fruit are easily eclipsed by cloying leather and pepper. The palate is flat, an abomination unworthy of an alliteration.
Finish: Whisps of cocoa are briefly present. Rubbing alcohol vapours are obvious, and obviously unwelcome.
Overall: Retailing for an absurd $74.95, the bottle would be merely adequate at half the price. Luckily the LCBO has hundreds of bottles at the ready. What it lacks in quality and interest it will surely be made up for in curb appeal, shelf upon shelf stacked with the distinctive bottle. Seven weathered whisky drinkers unanimously favour a similar dram, the Glenfiddich 12YO, some $30 cheaper, and in contrast, really quite enjoyable.