M: Quite strong alcohol but little prickle with slightly creamy finish and sea air
S: Controlled alcoholic nose, sweet, poached pears and the faintest salted caramel–a very complex nose!
T: A big hit of fresh saltiness, toffees caramels, light oaky tones and the power of the alcohol excites the senses ready for the taste!
M: Initial burn leads to butterscotch and marzipan tastes with salty after-taste. Almost like wedding/fruit cake
S: Fresh burst of toffee apples, this has a wine-like quality. Butterscotch. The salted caramel comes through.
T: The OP 12 delivers big but light from the start, taste backs up the nose, caramel and toffee with hints of apples and pears and that lovely saltiness.
M: Long, buttery and lingering toffee finish
S: A creamy finish with just enough peppery spice to warm you up. A decent length too.
T: I pretty much concur with the other boys here, I’d just add freshness and a clean pallet shouting give me more!
M: Lovely and different malt from the team at Wick, which should form part of everyone’s go-to staples. 8.3
S: Very well-rounded, with growing complexity. Fairly unique blend of sea-side elements with sweet, creamy notes. An excellent summer whisky or starter on a tasting evening. 8.4
T: A whisky collection ain’t no collection without this, it’s a go to whisky! Light enough for these heady sunny summer days but peppy enough to hold its own in front of a roaring fire in the winter. Great for new and old whisky hands. 8.4
Top tip: dab your finger in this and spread across the back of your hand. Not as oily as say, Laphroaig, but a clear fruity quality comes through that is different to those peat monsters.