Colour: Like a summer Tuscan sunset…*slap* – no more Tuscan clichés trying to make people jealous that I’m on holiday. Did I mention I’m in Tuscany right now?
Nose: As my good mate Giles paraphrased Blackadder – it started badly, tailed off a bit in the middle, and the less said about the end the better. I’m a little more positive, but it’s not outstanding.
Palate: Hairs have risen on Brett’s arms. A little brash upon entry, but not as much as one might expect from such a young whisky. Straw and hay notes, quite light and thin.
Finish: Short to medium length. Gentle lemon, straw and some soft salty tangy notes.
Comments: Exceeds expectations, but to be fair they weren’t high for a 5 year old €14 whisky. A middling, accessible dram that never scales great heights but doesn’t promise to do so.
It’s enjoyable more so for the company that I’m sharing it with, a bunch of 20 good friends out from Australia, America and Germany eating and drinking Tuscany dry for my very good mates Campbell and Giles’ 40th birthdays. Happy birthday you magnificent bastardos!