Nose : A rich nose, nicely sherried with butterscotch, toasted walnuts, and clove mixed with fruitier notes of candied orange and raisins in rice pudding. Behind that, notes of polished oak, and hints of worn leather and coffee beans.
Palate : A creamy, robust entry full of burnt toffee, unsweetened chocolate, and honey roasted nuts. Quickly spicy, lots of clove, coarse vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, fresh grated nutmeg, and a little saltiness. A strong, tannic, oak influence gets pretty big, but it works, quite drying with good mouth-watering acidity as well.
Finish : Nice, lingering combo of wood, clove, and sherried sweetness.
Thoughts : Fairly delicious stuff. Nutty, sweet sherried notes and “old library” tones on the nose transition well to the slightly wild, spicy Highland palate.