So this is a 12 year old malt from Royal Lochnagar, released 2010. Like all the DE’s from Diageo, this one too has been finished in some sort of untraditional cask. This particular one spent its last 6 months in a Muscat wine cask before being bottled.
On the nose: Sweet, apple cider, tropical fruits, fructose, currant and vanilla. Loads of forest berries.. nothing new with water, except all of the above and a slight hint of lemongrass and rum.
On the palate: Light and juicy, green grapes. Not a lot going on here initially, but what I am finding is quite delicious. Sweet green tea and sugar. A hint of rum also. More wood with water and sultanas in the finish as well as more tropical fruit juice.
Easy going stuff this, but I sort of like it. Especially the rum notes. Yummy! Probably the perfect dram for people who’s totally new to whisky.