Tasting Notes for an Orkney Whisky

Distillery: An Orkney Distillery (bottled by Morrison & MacKay)
Region: Islands
Cask: Hogshead
Age: 8 years
ABV: 54.8%
Nose: Subtle honey or honeysuckle, a floral smoke, notes of caramel. I’ve nosed it for a good while and I also get pepper with a dash of salt.
Palate: Out of the bottle and it tastes a bit like smoke-wreathed melted Werthers candy (hat tip to Travis for that note). It wraps my tongue in warmth and has a wonderful weight. With water, the peppery notes jump right up to the front and brings a bit of an edge. Is there a bit of seaside there?
Finish: The peppery notes fade, there’s the saltiness, and some lovely earthy notes show up. As the finish continues, the salt and earth develop nicely.
Overall: What a whisky! It needs about 15-20 minutes to open up (and maybe a drop or two of water) and seems to evolve over time. This is amazing stuff and I love the layers throughout.

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