The nose has sherry-like characteristics and veers towards orangey, with marshmallow aspects. The palate is smooth and silky, medium-bodied, very grape, with nondescript other dried fruits. The flavors peak in the long finish, with mixed spices emerging to the forefront, and I get very fleeting wisps of mintyness. All-in-all, this is somewhat of a mishmash of milder and drier berry/fruit flavors, and though it's definitely tasty, there's nothing here to shout about. Given the predecessor ("Blacker Still") I had hoped for a much bigger dose of "something." But it's good and very drinkable whisky, and I'd enjoy killing a bottle of this. B/B+
THe nose is very herbal, with some rye, pine/fir notes, even some thyme and oregano. The palate is sweet malt forward with lots of spice and less herbal than the nose suggests. It ends with light sherry notes which carry into the finish. Very drinkable.