This 2012 Distillers Edition takes that whisky and adds a bit more depth to that aroma by double maturing the standard 12 year old in a Port pipe for an extra couple of years before being bottled at 40%.
Very pleasant nose with a lot of fruit.
Black cherry and raisins are prominent which is clearly the Port influence, however there is apple peel and almond / marzipan notes too.
Neat, this is very drinkable.
Rich mixed fruit is the main flavour, but there’s a tobacco and leather dryness which becomes apparent and continues into the finish. Medium mouth feel.
Light spice appears at the end, but the sweetness remains throughout.
Adding water brings out a bit more of the apple flavours but the other flavours stay in place.
This is a good whisky, which has a lovely smooth flavour and a bit of complexity.
As drinkable as it is however, it could not help but be improved by increasing the ABV as 40% seems quite mean when a lot of other Diageo single malts are bottled at 43%.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to get a bottle, but it priced quite competitively and would make a decent drinking whisky or alternative bottle present for a whisky novice.