initially comes across as a fruity spirit, rather like a German
called obstler, but after less than a minute a very slight
smokiness enhances the aromas. The smokiness is once again (see
below) almost fishy, but not as pronounced as in the SoL
and fruity in a slightly spirity kind of way, well it is CS. I
would say the initial smooth burst of fruit is peach with
perhaps a hint of passion fruit. A slight pepperiness then
accompanies the palate into the finish, along with a gentle hint
of smoke and very slight 'steckerlfish', which is a German
speciality of BBQ'ed fish, served in beer gardens.
With 4 drops of
water: More smoky fruit is brought to the nose and also to
the palate with added pepper, which I would say is a combination
of red, green and black peppercorns.
With 4 more
drops of water: More intense fruit with that slight
suggestion of smoky BBQ fish also a little more pronounced.
Long, very long, even longer with water. Peppery fruit.
Definitely less 'fishy' than the SoL bottling which I personally
found a little disappointing. This shows slightly more maturity
which I would attribute to the small (40 litre) cask. This
one is also
sligthly more concentrated on the fruit and less on the smoky
fish, which can only be a good thing.
I'm still looking forward to trying Abhainn Dearg when it
matures to the status of 'whisky'!