Nose: First of all very similar in its initial wood muff base note. In addition, velvety nougat, fresh banana and apple, juicy raisins that develop towards the raisin snail, some freshly cut grass. Tarragon and lemon. Something that is stored in my inner aroma catalog as "wineiness" is very clear, in this context I also have red fruits. Custard and toffee. The wood note developed very pleasantly after a long time in the glass.
Mouth: it opens very sweetly, I can clearly feel the alcohol at first. It takes my mouth ten seconds to get used to it. I now have custard in mind. Then it becomes tart, peppery and sparkling and again beautifully fruity.
Finish: fresh sweetness, really sticky, somewhat herbal. The subtle oak in the background carries the fruity-sweet aromas. I have tarragon again, maybe in a nice creamy lemon sauce. The malt comes back nice and warm and full-bodied, in order to linger for a long time. I can also feel the tannins of the barrel.
Conclusion: Already due to the much higher alcohol content and the present Marsala barrel, compared to the 12er, it is much more massive. I like the crisp tannins and the fruity spiciness that resonates for a long time, even if it makes it a bit clumsy for my taste.