Having been a fan of the distillery since BG002, their first batch, I must say this is a release I didn’t quite expect from Black Gate; not a knock on the whisky itself but the whisky definitely feels less rugged, perhaps this is representing a new direction as the production becomes more evolved and sophisticated.
It certain feels more refined from the get go, concentrated sugary note from muscat grapes that have been naturally dried. Golden honey with a layer of rich beeswax generously applied atop. There is also a comforting dried lemon note that would normally only come from whiskies matured well beyond this one.
A soothing lemon infused honey note on the palate, a new timber note that swiftly subsides; a thin bodied dram with vanilla grain and tingling wood spices.
Soft and floral in the finish with hints of spearmint and cinnamon powder, vaguely easing in and out..