Delicate pale straw
What is important to note is that this is 58.8% abv and therefore packs a punch to your nose. For the uninitiated amongst you, cutting this down with water to help discover the flavours within is recommended. This shows all the classic early indications of our older 12 year old. The sweetness is there, the hint of heather, sea salt and fresh fruit are all apparent.
The fiery spirit of the Orkney climate comes through strongly. The initial hit of alcohol is first to make the lips tingle. Once that begins to fade them the flavours are revealed. Brown sugar and then light fruits are first to arrive. Then a dry sherry sensation follows.
In the end the classic creamy gentle smoky flavour awaits.
The first Ambassador’s cask was classic Highland Park with a lovely buttery flavour. Keen to give you something different, the selection was down to a final four casks; released in June 2006 as a 10 year old, #1071 stood out because of its complexity. It was not as big and fruity as the classic Highland Park but it did show the characteristics in a different way. Gerry found it to be very light and floral with undertones of the fruit within. The sweetness was unusual, not overly sweet, but it was still there with the gentle smoky aftertaste – that seemed to keep the whisky alive within the glass and delivered fuller flavour.