Finishing off the last part of that bottle I'm dropping my rating again, it hasn't oxidised well or developed well. 80- > 76.
More shortbread and candy malt, candy floss and caramel, all show and not really any go, all sweet and a bunch of heat.
Shortbread, caramel, spun sugar and hay. There's no meat here sadly... also no real complexity. A little horse barns, pine shavings and spirity notes. Sryup sweets in the vein of Golden Syrup with a twist of Vermouth. Adding water makes it sweeter and shorter. Not my thing, and a shadow of what this distillery is capable of.
Okay, the youth is really in play here. I understand availability; but this needed a bit more time in the cask or a touch of a sherry/ine note to bring it to life. It's flat and sweet, there's a farmy note and young malt. Not bad... just not great.
This is where it comes apart. Short and sweet. Litterally all the oak tannins appear here and the sweets continue, there a dry Vermouth note in the end and some dust, and maybe a touch of pine resin... that's abou it. Doesn't last long enough to find out.