The nose alone makes me wish I had a bottle.
Oily indeed! Very creamy and slick, the nose already promises a lovely texture on the palate. A really good refill barrel that foregoes the typical first-fill issues (too much sweetness or floral fragrance) but delivers in all other regards. Behind the high-quality oak you get the typical GS funk, with its saline and herbal-tinged maritime feel, industrial / workshop associations (engine oil, greasy metal tools) as well as something incongruous, like tinned sardines. Not very fruity, though there is something like canned tangerines and peaches in the background. With time you realize that this is mildly peaty (the medicinal variety, with plenty of iodine and perhaps a whiff of violet), which just adds another dimension. GS can be hit or miss, but this one strikes all the right chords. Stunningly complex nose for a fifteen-year-old.
Ah yes, the mouthfeel is just as expected: basically an oil slick on top of a saltwater fishing port's waters. In the rain. While you're standing there wearing rubber raincoats and wellies. On a (ahem, yes:) trawler. There's some lemon freshness and a good dose of sweetness to balance it out. Slightly farmy due to the peat. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and carries the flavors without biting the tongue. Gets progressively drier, ending on bitter ale.
Certainly some bitterness, perhaps too acrid for some, but I'd say it fits the style. Still very savory and salty, full of coastal flair (driftwood, seashells, wet sand) and pretty long overall.