Standard ex-bourbon maturation. Showing a hint of complexity, the nose is floral, fresh and delicate, emphases on pears and citrus fruits. On the palate, this malt is light and sweet. The ex-bourbon barrels show up strongly here, putting more vanilla down on the flavor, and pulling the sweetness over, like a corn syrupy sweet instead of a malty one, but it's a pleasant sweetness. Not too complex and rather refreshingly straightforward, with a not lingering nut and fruit finish. Well balanced between light/fresh and rich/creamy.
It's a classic benchmark single malt without any edges or notable highlights, that’s light, accessible, easy to drink and therefore a shade boring. Anyway this is a real Speyside. And, imho, it's better than Glenfiddich 12. This expression is discontinued, it's named Excellence now.
N-21, P-20, F-20, B-20.
pear, wild flowers, citrus, fresh herbal...
vanilla, corn syrup, almond, peach, bit of cereal...
marzipan, almond, dried banana, fruity...