N: Very bright nose with a distinct apple pie aroma. P: Dry with white wine and green apples dominating. F: Short but clean, with apple Jolly rancher as the lingering taste. Actually quite enjoyable, a decent go-to when you're at one of those bars/restaurants with very limited selection. This is one of those single malts I initially passed over but the more often I try it the more I am impressed.
Big bubblegum nose, with honey and chardonnay. Palate is very smooth, mild, and sweet -- floral, malty, and quite fruity with light spice. The strong fruitiness is what grabs me most here, and there's not a lot else to shout about, but it's still tasty and good with no distinct flaws to note. Some roughness in the finish keeps this from edging up to a full B-. But it's a good as an all-purpose I-just-want-a-Scotch Scotch. C+/B-
Better than the Fiddich 12 but not a whole lot. I like the bubblegum sherry notes even though there really isn't much (if any) sherry in it. However, I always wonder why I would bother with the 12 when the 18 is not much pricier but certainly better.