J & A Mitchells: Longrow: Gaja Barolo Cask (Scottish Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky: 7 Years Old: 55.8%ABV)

Visual: Thick gold.

Viscosity: A smattering of middling streaks form after a few moments.

Nose: Vanilla and spice, light pencil shavings. Rounded oak and a hint of peat. The peat becomes more distinct with water and adds slight grassiness and honeycomb.

Body: Smooth, rich blackcherry and peat. Sweet syrup, a tender meat texture like aged beef. Raspberry. Water ands toffee and raisins.

Finish: More peat, sherried raisins. Steak. Alcohol burn becomes noticeable here. Water adds a malts element to the air and light chocolate.

Conclusion: Possibly one of the greatest whiskys I’ve tasted, and intense yet balanced mix of peat, spice and fruit. It is wonderful neat, and can open up magnificently with water.

This whisky perfectly marries many distinct elements, and despite its youth it gives amazing quality to each element. A true treat like a high class dessert, a steak dinner and fine wine all rolled into one.

So yeah, give it a try.