...and another fine pick Carsten and The Whisky Agency. It is a benchmark fruity Irish dram that is very tasty and sippable but it lacks a little complexity to be truly great. Its profile reminds me of the 21-years old Bushmills standard edition (the batch I tasted several years ago), dangerously quaffable stuff for sure...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the typical lush fruity and honey profile of older Irish whiskies. Additional waxy and oily aromas complement this nose while the spices and herbs (and other wooden notes) stay rather shy. This is very delicious but it lacks some complexity to cross the 92 points benchmark line...
The taste is very fruity with a minor artificial (bubble gum-ish) touch. All other flavours are dominated by this extreme fruitiness so the dram is a little out of balance (but to a tasty side). After some chewing bitter tea-ish and wooden flavours are released that fight somewhat with the sweet fruits which is interesting to experience - but this is not harmony, to be honest.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and the sweet fruits take control again. A minor bitter-drying feeling develops towards the end without getting unpleasant at all. Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate (e.g., currants and passion fruits) - I like this dram both neat and a little reduced.