Actually this is exactly what I looked for tonight: An unusual and interesting dram with individual characteristics (something Strathisla is known for). It is worthwhile to try but you should check a sample first before buying a whole bottle!
PS: I just read the official tasting notes on the bottle and the only word I can comprehend is humbug (what in the german language means "nonsense"). I really wonder what the ambition of these professional tasting note writers is finally, sometimes...
The colour is pale gold and the texture shows a sticky ring that slowly moves downward but refuses to build tears. The nose offers exactly such an interesting profile I hoped for with nice fruits (apples, peaches), barley sugars, some fruity chewing gum aromas (you remember MAOAM?) together with floral and spicy notes. It is not bold and rather shy but I like it.
The taste is about the same profile but richer than the nose and it really invites you to chew the dram for some time. More sugars pop up after a while and pave the way into the medium to long finish. Water releases more citric flavours both in the nose and on the palate but the finish turns more bitter and somewhat astringent. More water smoothes that again but it flattens the nose and taste. So it is fine to nose it with some water added but I prefer to drink it neat.
The spirit arrives a little hot and peppery in the mouth but it coats the whole of it nicely (like the fat texture promised). No distracting moments beside the little hotness from the high abv (55.8%). The finish is very spicy on wooden flavours and a little bitter from the tannins (but this is bearable - lovers of modern style wood-driven whiskies might even enjoy this). The fruits and sugars are still there but now the wood takes control.