...and it is very different! But in an interesting way it reminds me of the profile of old Speyside drams distilled in the fifties. It would have been a clearly 90+points score if it had been bottled some years earlier (to avoid the heavy tannins both in the mouthfeel and finish). Nonetheless, a clear recommendation to everyone who wants to explore this long-gone whisky style (without spending four-digit sums at auctions)...
[December, 2018] I re-tasted this dram tonight and the tannins are not that strong as with the first tasting. Tonight I score this dram 90 points on the finish and hence 91 points in total (but I leave it as it was with the first impression, as usual).
The colour is deep copper and the nose is rather shy compared to the 4th fills I had before. It shows a clean malty profile with a fine peaty note. After some breathing the nose grows strongly so give it plenty of time to enfold. Now it reminds me a little bit of Speyside drams distilled in the fifties (I swear!) with a lot of adorable OBFs released. Right after serving the dram I would have rated this nose not more than 87 points but now it is worth 91, for sure...
The taste is very old-fashioned and again reminds me of old lightly peated Speyside drams from the fifties or early sixties. This combination of clean barley sugars, adorable light peaty flavours, honeys, spices and (after some chewing) citric fruits (e.g., blood oranges) and mocha notes is simply delicious. No flaw or off-note and all flavours in a fine balance, even the wood stays calmer than expected from the nose.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and quite peppery with tight tannins grip on my taste buds. The finish is long and gets increasingly bitter-drying from the tannins which is a little too much (for me). Water reduces this unpleasant mouthfeel somewhat but it flattens both nose and taste, unfortunately. I like this dram best just a little reduced to about 45% abv.