This is exactly like a "club bottling" should be: easy drinkable without too much intellectual effort needed. So relax and enjoy it without "analysis paralysis"...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a bold malty profile with rather shy sherry notes. There are the typical 'rothes toffee-caramel aromas in abundance with fine spices, shy fruits and firm wooden notes. Actually, a fine nose.
The taste is barley sugary sweet with honeys, waxes, spices and some bitter herbal notes. It is not layered but nicely balanced and without any flaw. Water releases waxy-mineral aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste, it gets even more quaffable this way. Just the finish turns a little bitter upon reduction (green tea). I like the neat dram best.
The initial mouthfeel is a little hot first and later nicely warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more hot spices (white peppers, ginger, nutmeg). No bitter or drying moments, this dram was bottled at the right time.