Pours clear, medium light pale yellow. Scent is very interesting. Very fine, but a lot going on. Woody, hidden traces of nuttyness. Noticably mild on the boozyness, even though this is 50+ ABV. Traces of biscuits. Taste is fairly sharp. Alcohol far more noticable here, but not overly boozy, still. A bit drying, sure enough - but the whisky also has some remaining sweetness. Very mild nuttyness, vanilla, great woody profile. a very complex whisky - I might not be experienced enough to fully appreciate it's potential. Though I love the more robust barrel profiles myself ( as far as I know by now) , the sheer elegance and balance here definately is worth something ! the ABV works very well for me, not too high as I feared. Lovely aspects by the Palo Cortado, though the barrel expression isn't extreme.
Aftertaste is very long, though it grows a lot more silent after a relatively short time. I wanted to add this to my rating, since after minutes , the remaining very late aftertaste is quite... Damp cellar / Cardboard / old oak / Stale / mushroomy. Definately not a desired compound to me (I imagine to most people?) , and perhaps what others tasted that wrote the more negative reviews on this bottle. However, in the actual sipping I don't get it that negatively. The only solution is another sip, I guess ! The bottle seems to stand around on shelves, and now is even cheaper than when I bought it. For a current 60-80 euro value, I think it's honest to expensive- definately no can't miss.