In the nose I immediately have dark fruits with ripe cherries, candied strawberries and raisins. There are also fresher notes of sweet and sour apples, juicy pears and lemon and lime juice. The fruits are on a sticky-sweet cake batter that is still a bit damp and buttery. Everything is coated with a little honey and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. A great first impression when smelling! The present acidic note is not disturbing here, but is well integrated ... Unfortunately, this is often not the case and mostly sour notes annoy me if these are not complemented to form a suitable whole. A little beeswax is added and gives the honey aroma even more depth and weight. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated, the whisky looks pleasantly creamy. For 22 years of ripening, the wood notes are noticeably noticeable, and the spiciness is less strong than expected.
In the mouth, the whisky is strong with a tingling sharpness on the tongue but still drinkable pure. The fruitiness takes up the mouth, the sweetness comes right after. Delicious! The spiciness is stronger than in the nose with pepper and a little ginger, followed by the oak wood, which blends in wonderfully and with its tannins ensures a little bit dryness in the mouth. A great partner for the sweet and fruity notes. Dark chocolate and pecans can be felt. In combination with the dough and a hint of cinnamon, this is reminiscent of pecan bags from the baker, only with significantly more subtle cinnamon notes.
In the finish you can feel a spiciness with pepper and a hint of cinnamon, the dark chocolate goes in the direction of espresso. The slight dryness and "bitterness" of chewed pecans is there without, however, really drifting in the bitter direction, which is more likely to be found in walnuts. Light and dark fruits are always with the honey sweetness. A pleasant, medium-long (with a tendency to long) finish.
I really liked the whisky. I liked it best in the nose, in the mouth it was a bit too spicy, adding water softened it a bit, but the intensity of the sweetness and fruitiness decreased a bit and that's what I like so much. So I prefer to drink this whisky straight.
I give 89/100 points. A great whisky!