Batch # 1 59.3% bottled 02/20/2019 vs. Batch # 2 60.9% bottled 09/24/2019
They both have a clear vanilla / caramel note on the nose, but # 1 looks more aggressive overall. The smoke note is surprisingly more pronounced in # 2 than in # 1.
On the tongue, # 1 has stronger pear notes than # 2. Pear (going towards a Williams brandy) is always a sure indicator of a young whisky / spirit for me. # 2 actually looks a little further than # 1, although it is only about seven months that separate the two in the bottling. In the finish, # 2 looks a bit more pleasant and softer than # 1 - but not necessarily longer.
A (further) development can definitely be determined - and it is going in the right direction. It will be interesting to see how the next maturity level tastes.
A strong smoky note that - mixed with a lot of vanilla - looks almost sweet. Nougat, marzipan, toffee, milk coffee, caramel candy. A slightly metallic note lurks in the background, which is not intrusive, but reveals youthfulness. Apricot puree and orange peel provide a fruity component.
Dry start with an intense chocolate and cocoa aroma. Honey, malt, toffee, Werther's real, freshly brewed coffee, custard. Fresh wood, spicy smoke. The bare number - 60.9% - cries for water, but is actually not necessary. Green bark, lettuce water. Green apple and crushed ripe pears. It shows its youth more clearly on the tongue than in the nose.
Short and dry, smoke with increasing intensity. Apple slices peppered with cloves.