N: Sweet n sour, cloudy & yeasty blonde beer>cider with a farmy sheep wool side, lime soda, slightly damp dark wood furniture, Panellus mushrooms [see pic below], mouldy raisins, sweetened linseed oil, something floral/green, earthy/buttery, yeasty porridge oats & popcorn, used cotton towels, wooden school floors, old music manuscripts, one well washed cockle=oyster, a dry dawn,... wah! Subtly unique malt-forward blend, candidly presented as the recipe required - so without any current/modern hyperactive funny business.
T: Clean savoury-sweet & sour malty barley with a measured waxy citrus saltiness. Quite some [Clynelish-esque] chew on a mild cocoa powder maltiness with another fungal hint and a small yet unwavering cut of liquorice stick emerging latterly. A few days after opening, the palate reaffirms the savoury-sweet barley/sour-spirity milky<cream, now with a weeny extraction of perfumed shampoo/hairspray. The last few drams talk more of milky cocoa powder with no hairspray but a touch of something more metallic [very very mild]. Given even more time to open out [and a little water], this beholds a fine velvety/grassy/powdery mouthfeel.
F: Turns towards soft grassy<buttery=powdery cocoa with hints of lime sponge, orange/ginger<chocolate icecream, peppered honeycomb, sugar icing and fine sprinklings of soot. Develops on tasty dry nutty oak [15yo Glen Scotia cask styley], towards a savoury>sour-clean, mild witch hazel/saline finish with occasional wafts of a [seaside] smoke house. Days later I pick out wild blackberries placed on a dry cream sponge, but this isn’t consistent. Finishes on sweet-savoury witch hazel with more sooty embers and sweet=savoury lemon pith.
C: Place in the high-end hip flask category at the very least. Worth grabbing one now before the malt content,.. changes. Easily scores 87 with that impeccable form, more impeccable than Deanston’s highly decent 12yo which shares similarities.
Scores a B