The 2017 edition reminded me of Macallan’s sherry cask dominant era. Good value for money in my opinion. The 2018 edition is a bit pale, light with not much depth. Lot of nuttiness, dried orange peel, some sweetness with the high ABV feeling punchy. Some golden dried grapes, a bit of powdered ginger that’s reminiscent of Macallan.
The 2017 needed a good 20-25 mts to evolve in the glass. This 2018 edition doesn’t need as much time or in other words it doesnt have as much. Still, a drinkable whisky, bottle at cask strength & primary market price of around £80 being affordable.