Surprising herbal flavors appear in the distillery’s 15-year-old limited release. If the 12 has depth, then the 15 has length.
Layers a fragrant, herbal quality on top of the rich dried fruits. Here’s rosemary at its menthol crossover point, thyme, fennel seed, Douglas fir, then ripe apple and pear mixed with marmalade-like citrus fruit behind it. Water makes the citrus more bitter while a deeper resinous element develops along with sultana and sweet spice.
There’s immediate richness, combined with a silky texture while the mid-palate is filled with candied peels mixed with soft orchard fruits. There’s some powdered ginger and sumac towards the back adding brightness and an acidic (Sherried) twang, before the herbal qualities return. Water shows it to be balanced, complex and layered, and not at any point overwhelmed by oak.
Chocolate-covered Brazil nut, Olde English marmalade. Richer with water.
If the 12 has depth, then this has length. Really excellent.