Since the average ABV and age were a given before the competition started, I calculated these for this dram. The distillery was still a bit of a guess, and since yesterday was a Lowlands distillery, there were only about 5 distilleries unavailable today.
It takes some time to open up, but the first thing I got were vanilla biscuits. After about five minutes I start getting more scents. A little grainy, with some dry white oak. Sweet coconut and it seems lightly smoky, but that also could be because I was sitting next to the fireplace.
Some dry fiery smoke. Quite sharp in that aspect too. After that I get some vanilla and caramel, in a creme brulee way. It gets a bit sweeter with cream cheese frosting and coconut biscuits. I was thinking of Brora by now because of the fire smoke.
The finish is a bit more vibrant that I expected. Quite sharp because of the dry smokiness, but oh so good.
This did remind me of a young-ish Brora I had a few drams before this one, which made me go for that distillery. It turned out to be Convalmore, of which I only tasted one or two drams before, and that was years ago. It seems I might have to look into this distillery a bit more closely!
Convalmore 22, 50%, Old Malt Cask, 01-1978 – 06-2000