...and my taste buds vote for a high-proof wine - they strongly reject to attribute this taste to the category of whisky. Another modern "winesky", it is interesting to have a dram if you never experienced such a taste before but after that it is just ... boring.
The colour is not on the whisky colour map because it is red like a rose wine. The nose is winey, winey, winey and nothing else. The official tasting notes are a (bad) joke: "earthy and malty" - dream on... And if this is "NOT overly sweet" I wonder what is "overly sweet" at all? This is never ever a whisky's nose! Do not get me wrong, this nose is not bad but it is simply not whisky (as I know it).
The taste is all about sweet Madeira wine without any significant malt impact either. It is better than pure Madeira wine which is almost not drinkable (but a good ingredient in food recipes) but you have to prefer wine taste over whisky flavours to really enjoy this. It is an experience, for sure - but I do not ask for a second dram tonight.
The dram arrives a little hot and instantly coating on the palate with a minor astringent feeling (cold metals) that is not distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds some spices (mainly peppers) to the wine. But tell me Cadenhead, where is the crème brûlée? There are increasing drying moments towards the end (tannins). Water strengthens the winey flavours even more and from a certain reduction on this really tastes like wine. A quite expensive wine...