Nose: Makes a pretty sweet entrance with vanilla, honey and bananas leading the way. This is accompanied by a slight spiciness and sourness that’s well-described by the “rhubarb” reference in the whisky’s name. Water adds ginger into the mix. The banana is more prominent now.
Taste: Bitter-sweet grapefruits and sour rhubarb, not much else so far to be honest. Let’s add water… There’s a bit of vanilla, caramel and dry oak now. Still mostly bitter and sour though.
Finish: Medium in length, dominated by bitter citrus fruits… bitter lemon?
Comments: Slightly off-balance whisky from the “Spicy & dry” category at SMWS. Certainly not a bad whisky, although it could have benefited from sweeter notes as a counterweight to its sharpness on the palate.
Rating: I rated this whisky 81 out of 100.
(Nose 21, Taste 21, Finish 20, Balance 19)