After the pleasant Virgin Oak Entry level whisky I’ve moved on to the 12 year old, again bottled at 46.3% which is great, it’s un chill filtered too which everyone seems to approve of.
This need less water than the Virgin Oak, in fact, I don’t think it really needs much water at all, if any.
I’m reviewing this with what I’ll say is under half a teaspoon of water and the whisky has had maybe half an hour in the glass.
Nose. Any hint of young spirit has vanished and all the good stuff is here, Orange barely sweets, lots cream and lemon drizzle cake, touches of oak, buttery toast and tangerines.
Palate. Toffee popcorn, bit of strawberry jam on butter sourdough bread, faint whiffs of icing sugar on a nice sponge cake, some hazlenut and some lingering oak.
Finish. The oak and nuts come to play again and leave dancing with a touch of icing sugar.
This is a lovely whisky, great for drinking with friends and a perfect introduction whisky, it has enough going to be worth talking about without giving you a headache.
This isn’t so much better than the Virgin Oak but a very different experience indeed, it’s also better and worth every penny of the just under forty pounds it costs.