...and sorry, dear friend, it did not work with me! This is a typical modern style whisky that is wood- and peat-driven to make quick bold impressions but it lacks both complexity and sustainability (on my taste buds). Surely, it is not bad and I enjoy to drink it but in doubt I prefer the less bold but more balanced old (traditional) Bunna style of the sixties and seventies...
The colour is auburn and the nose offers a typical modern style whisky profile that is mainly driven by the wood and peat but leaves almost no space for the distillate itself. It is quite interesting (and bold) to sniff with a fine combo of sweet-winey and bitter-peaty aromas but it lacks the complexity only a distillate-driven nose can offer.
The taste is rich and impressive as so often with modern style whiskies that are designed to "hit and run" (instantly impress you and quickly leave you) so you drink it faster and more of it than you would do with an old style "take your time and relax" Traditional Scotch dram. Good for the industry, for sure - but not good to your health! There is no flaw or off-note and some water turns the dram more approachable and more enjoyable according to my taste buds - I like it best when reduced to about 46% abv.
The whisky arrives hot and somewhat coating on the palate with a drying-astringent feeling from heavier tannins. The finish is long but gets increasingly bitter what might be great for the fans of that genre but not for me, unfortunately. Water reduces this a little bit but still the dram stays bitter towards the end...