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Bottled at marrying strength of 46% ABV, Orkneyinga Legacy has been inspired by the brand’s 12 Year Old Viking Honour malt.
It is a light and floral dram with a wonderful whiff of the distillery’s typical peat smoke in the background.
The nose opens with lots of honey, apples and pears, giving it a lovely orchard tone from the beginning.
Dried fruits and notes of honeysuckle and blossom are also present.
These become bolder on the palate, with lots more dried fruit notes and a rich stream of honey throughout.
Tangy oranges and tangerines add a bit of zest to the overall flavour. They bring out a fruitcake note that is full of raisins, apricots, treacle and cinnamon notes.
The peat smoke is wonderfully rich and thoroughly enjoyable. It does not overwhelm the sweeter notes but lets them all breath around it.
The finish is bold, with more peat and orange zest.