...and indeed, it is (at least in the nose)! It offers a fine Traditional Scotch nose but a rather modern style taste profile with dominant cask impact. Luckily, reducing this dram with a little water helps to restore a balanced taste and finish (but both are no fruit bombs compared to the nose, nonetheless delicious to sip).
The colour is amber and the nose offers a lush fruity profile on all kinds of exotic and home-grown fruits with a sweet vanilla-toffee topping. This is really delicious and a truly old stylish Traditional Scotch nose. Later honeys, waxes and spices join in and create an adorable fresh fruit salad profile without any off-note or imbalance. I like it!
The taste is very sweet with more molten sugars and less (but still significant) fruits within a stronger wooden setting. This profile is a rather modern one with lots of cask influence that turn the taste a little bitter (tannins at work) but it never gets too unpleasantly. The toffee notes grow stronger over time and later some milk chocolatey and coffee flavours join in. It is neither as complex nor as delicious as was the nose but still this tastes very fine, no doubt. There are just a little too much bitter wooden notes (for my taste buds only, modern style lovers might rather enjoy these).
The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and dries out a little bit on the tannins towards the end. Again, this is not unpleasant but I prefer less wooden notes, to be honest. Water releases more waxes and fine oily aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste through a great deal of reducing the bitter wooden flavours - the dram reaches a better balance this way (I suggest a minor reduction to about 43% abv). This is good for two points on my taste buds - so nose it neat and drink it reduced...