My surprise of the year so far, and one of the best ex-bourbon cask whiskies I've had. A great cask, and a steal at under 150 €.
A lovely, creamy, rich ex-bourbon cask, with corn starch sweetness and the dry warmth of sun-baked hay rolls. Vanilla, wild herbs and flowers. The age is immediately palpable, but not as vulgar woodiness, rather as a dusty, parched quality that's hard to pin down. The cask character is complemented by wonderfully idiosyncratic spirit notes: this is simultaneously waxy / oily and mineralic, like a good Clynelish. And as if that wasn't enough, there's also a lactic aspect (more like Edradour, less like Jura, thank God) and great balance between sweet and sour aromas. Shows more and more "yellow" fruit notes the longer it sits in the glass, most prominently quince and mirabelle. Really fun, multifaceted, and deep.
Ooooooooh yes, this is where it's at. Unbelievably creamy, dense, and oily, but also super sweet, displaying honey, pollen and beeswax in equal measure. Would've pegged this for Clynelish had I tasted this blind. Great balance of cereal and (exotic) fruit notes, mainly kiwi and kumquat. Sweet and sour balance is on point. No musty old wood at all. Spot on.
Old (but not tired) ex-bourbon oak notes, supremely dusty and warming, with a lemony fizz and very restrained tartness. Still a lot of honey and waxes.