A winey (not whiny;-)) nose, white ripe grapes, wood, vanilla and custard, very fresh with alcoholic power that goes beyond warming and unfortunately turns into fire at times.
One of these casks that according to Jim McEwan were filled at 68 or 69% straight from the spirit receiver without watering them down to 63,5%. Same as other crew valinch Laddies, this shows in the maturity of the dram: less mature, a bit fresher and much wilder.
So modern but still very good. This is certainly 2000 stuff and whisky from 19xx will never have this style, but if this is where whisky is going, I am (at least partly) ok. Ha, whisky, not sure where this term comes in. Aqua vitae, ok. I might have problem putting it to the scotch side when drinking it blind, but on the other hand, this is its strength. A big strength. A powerhouse that has not much more to offer but power and subtle wine with a nice finish on yellow ripe but slightly woody fruits;-).
Certainly the 2nd fill has the wine working well (and not too much). The finish is what I adore most. Mouthwatering. I leave it at that.
From a sample.