Very good, I really like this. For me personally the best dram in the VBT-10 line up so far. Most likely bourbon cask matured, not spicy enough for virgin oak. The prominent grain/cookie note could point to a local barley variety. Mildly peated, not too strong on the tongue so I'm guessing just below 50% ABV. This is almost certainly a Scotch, could be Islay (Bunna or a Laddie), but I actually think it's Campbeltown or an islander. As to the VBT-10 theme, I would be surprised if this is a 10 year old, tastes quite a lot older, so the 10 could point to anything.
So it turned out to be quite a heavily peated highlander with an age just under 10 years. Amazing, really performs as a much older malt with a much more mellow peaty feel to it.
Lots of vanilla, grain sweetness, a mildly sour earthy note (actually I suspect this to be lightly peated), a pretty strong shortbread cookie note, honey, fudge, toffee, sultana raisins, peaches and dried apricots. Water and time brings out a grassy/herbal note and some very faint soapiness in the background.
Quite full bodied, oily, salted butter, vanilla, fudge and caramel, fruitcake, sweet fresh and dried fruits (peaches, mango). Except from the saltyness, I'm not so much getting the peat here.
Medium in length, vanilla, some liquorice and a pretty spicy wood note (yes it's the peaty feel again).