It’s good, but man, this should be cask strength. I feel like it could be so much better with that extra hit of intensity. It’s also a bit on the oaky-tart side for my taste. There are plenty of positives: the leather notes are nice, as are the nuts and tobacco, and the sweetness is very pleasant. The nose is overall fantastic. Still, I can’t help but think that Glengoyne 25 is just better.
Nose: Elegant and spicy. Expensive leather, like you’d expect to find in a sports car. Plenty of green apples, browned butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Some rich and woody sherry, with old pencils, walnuts, pralines, and wine gums. There are plenty of musty dunnage warehouse notes in here too. Some earthy barley and honey. Some slightly savoury salty notes in here… beef fat, perhaps.
Palate: Medium-light texture. Soft arrival, with chocolate and cherries up front. Lots of spice notes, with sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa powder, and a drip of molasses. Distinguished and mellow wood notes, with tobacco, tart earthiness, and black pepper. Heavy dunnage-y earth funk and leather towards the back. Some savoury spices here: cumin for sure, maybe thyme and some vaguely mustardy notes. Lightly-toasted marshmallows, with sweet flowers, cotton candy, and cereals.
Finish: Long and fairly sweet. Brown sugar, baked apples, wine gums, blackberries, orange zest, ginger, milk chocolate, and rum-ish spices. Nutty cream, mint, and Earl Grey tea. Plenty of earth and cumin, with a touch of smoked sea salt.