N: Interesting spice on the nose, actually smells a lot like a rye, floral, tea leaves. P: Yeah, still rather rye-like, with lots of earthy spice and a great sweetness that... F: ...trails into the finish along with mulled spice, like in hot cider. This is an oddball, not a single malt profile at all. But I like it!! [Tasted blind, it's pretty cool that the SMWS mentioned mulled wine, that means I'm not totally full of Sh*t!]
Heavy minty nose with huge strawberry notes. Something candied. Palate is strong wash of fall/halloween spices....Something I cannot put my finger on....but I like it. Reminds me of cider (I see Mole's notes.....not sure what mulled wine is but....okay, maybe that is what it is). A long finish - I really like this. SMWSA site says this is "new charred Missouri oak". Interesting flavors from new wood.
Second tasting - after reading Chris' notes....the rye thing really hits home. I don't usually like rye but this has rye flavor without the rye ..... bleaghth
n: tortilla chips and laundry detergent. Not my favorite
p: Firstly, it's much better than the boring swill Moray usually bottles. Cinnamon, citrus, and a general Christmas feel. It's the comfort dram. I can definitely imagine drinking this by a fireplace while Mrs. Claus knits. Okay, a younger, hotter, Mrs. Claus.
The spice in here is a kind that's rich and full of gingerbread. Massive gingerbread initially, in fact. Currants. It flattens out and becomes an uncomplicated number, with a winey palate followed by a tinge of added spices in the finish. Stragnely salty. The oak here is slightly off, imbalanced.
The stronger flavors in here are too unimpressive to be desirable at this level. Good but not great and somehow not really my kind of thing.