Colour: Full golden going into copper with reddy tints.
Nose: Sherried goodies this way lie… A fairly light sherry, maybe Fino? Gentle maltiness and a fair hint of ashy smoke. Possibly slightly closed, water may open this up a touch.
Palate: Sweet and oily, a good mouthcoating which gets hotter the longer you hold it in your mouth. The malt and sherry are in good balance, some slight leathery notes.
Finish: Nicely sweet, warming and long with winter fruits sticking around for a good while.
Water: Definitely recommended to have a drop of water in this, it reduces down the heat to make it smoother to drink, it brings out a few more pleasant wood notes and really enables the balanced sherry notes to shine through even more giving a few nutty tones to it as well.
Thoughts: A highland malt from Loch Lomond distillery that’s not seen that often. This seems to be a good presentation of it, excellent stuff. 86, with water 87.