The first nose was delicate, floral and elusive, at first revealing an orchard of Braeburn apples, brambles and fresh grass, then becoming spicy (subtle) with fennel, tarragon and vanilla. Richer notes of raisins, orange and dark chocolate appeared with time. The unreduced palate was a contrasting fusion of hot and spicy cooked apple, powder minerals, savoury thyme and fennel. The reduced nose reminded us of late summer hedgerows; Braeburn apples, pine needles and wild mint, with blueberry bushes. The palate was now both fresh and oily with cooling mint and menthol; also apple skins and oiled wood. The distillery shares its name with a mountain in Moray.