8 // 8.5
Obvious vanilla, subtle butter. Doesn't smell 26yo, but jives with the appearance. On style for The Balvenie. // Spicier and even more lively.
7 // 7
Very dry and astringent up front, but as you chew on it fruit emerges. // Sweeter and more on character, but somehow still a touch lacklustre. Don't get me wrong, I like this whisky a lot, but this particular bottling isn't better than say a solid DoubleWood
6 // 6.5
A bit of a watery finish. Touch of tobacco (or maybe just wood).