Nose: initially closed, but patience rewards! As it starts to open - linseed/ putty , becoming intensely sweet. Each sniff becomes a journey. Vanilla panacotta laced with spirit - young Bruichladdich?!!. Then a flush of fruits, mirabelle plums, apricots, kids sweets, further ‘in’ it becomes bitter - dark chocolate - crikey - give it time and this is a very playful whisky. Sweet/ bitter combo. LAYERED.... Search hard and give it time , some citrus top notes - delicate perfumed blood oranges? Over nose and you’re greeted with a wall of bitter damp wood - back off and the sweet fruity notes re-assert themselves - icing sugar and marshmallows? Wow!!
Taste - perhaps me, but a little inhibited, slightly restrained light-medium bodied (chill-filtration?) and slightly (in a good way) bitter herbs - especially in the development and to the finish. Then a very long savoury perfumed finish on fruits, wood bitters and classic oak (cedar and pencil shavings). Grown up Highland Whisky and a great example of the complexity of an older whisky!!!