I've got a possibly young NAS Highlander today. It's another distillery I've only tried one expression from, back when I was trying to tick them off.
I wanted to try this as it's a Highland malt at 48% (good on 'em), unfortunately when I looked on the back of a box (I didn't buy a bottle, notes are from a sample) it clearly says that the whisky is coloured.
Not sure who they aim this at, making it look craft and higher strength, then kicking us in the nugs.
Glen Garioch Founders Reserve 48%
Nose: Big and rich. Toffee, fudge, fruity with citrus and banana, banoffee pie, aromatic spice- Curry powder, nutmeg, some cinnamon.
Water: Seaside and watermelon but a little Feinty with some harsh spirit and cleaning fluid.
Taste: Gentle arrival. Lots of banana then more complex spice and floral notes, wild flowers, citrus, lemon, oak building with tannins, chocolate and cocoa powder. Quite oaky into the finish. A complex spirit.
Water: More fudge and toffee, banoffee pie. But still harsh oak and spirit building and into the finish.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Powerful oak and harsh tannins.
Ditch the colour! A complex seeming spirit, just a bit young. I imagine older versions could be good and I've heard good things about the vintage Sherry cask stuff.
Thanks for reading!
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