43% abv, single malt, caramel e150a added
Nose: There is sweetness, a light peat accompanied by briny malt, citrus, caramel and for the first time in this series there is the smell of sawdust and wood.
Palate: Sharp on the tongue, like pepper, with sweet honey, a buttery texture, white fruits, a handfull of herbs, some smoke from an open fire.
Finish: A pretty long and firm finish, leaves a honey sweet, yet fat layer on your throat accompanied with strong peat and ashes – in a good way.
Conclusion: She has the same credentials as the red labeled ‘Darkest’; after the twelve years in bourbon, she is finished for a period of three years in an ex-Oloroso butt. I am not sure where the different lies, but to me the “Mariner’ is much better then the ‘Darkest’.