red fruits (berries); dry; some nuts, honey. Adding water brings out vanilla, (milk)chocolate, nuts (hazelnuts and some walnut), and finally the spices emerge (clove and nutmeg)
neat it has a rather dry arrival (surprisingly), followed by a whiff of vanilla, some wax (presumably from that distillery in Brora which shall not be mentioned), fudge and honey, with an oily texture. With water you need to let it rest a further 10-15 minutes to allow it to find a new balance and complexity as it doesn't add much at first and it only brings out a rather harsh nip. Once that fades away, the spices linger through, followed by vanilla.
Neat it's a bit sharp, middle long with a waxy and oily coating. With the water added it settles down and becomes soft and a bit creamy with the spices once again taking the final chord.
At first it isn't as spicy as the name suggests. It needs quite some time and just a dash of water (quarter of teaspoon suffices for me). It's a whisky with a fine balance of flavours. the added water somewhat breaks the thick texture and accentuates the spices. Another fine blended malt by Compass Box. Price - quality ratio this sure is good value for your money. 84 - 85 points