...and it is like almost all of 2018's special releases very wood-driven. Not my style, to be honest. The profile is clean but rather simple and not very interesting (to my taste buds). I am not willing to pay more than 80 Euro for a whisky of this (drinking) quality (per bottle, of course).
[April, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and the wood is not that strong as it was with the first tasting. So the more subtle flavours shine through more brightly and I raise my score to 89 points tonight. But I leave the detailed ratings below as they were with the first tasting. By the way, given tonight's taste I am willing to pay 100 Euro for such a bottle - but never ever the 250 bucks they request(ed).
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a modern profile with significant wood impact (like almost all 2018 editions) but this one is not overpowered by the tannins, at least. There are barley sugars, honeys, spices and pine needles beside the wood and after some breathing shy fruits join in. The longer it breathes the more the wood takes over what I (personally) do not like.
The taste is sugary sweet with a lot of spices and again strong wooden notes. Some liquorice impressions and grassy notes join in quickly but overall this taste is not really interesting. It is easy to sip (if you do not think of the outrageous price tag) but hard to remember any specifics after it is gone.
The dram arrives warming and a little hot on the palate with a minor coating effect and a slight metallic touch. The finish is of medium length and turns even more to the wooden side with bitter-drying impressions that grow stronger towards the end. Water releases some more old-style aromas in the nose (waxes, olive oil) but the taste turns less interesting and less tasty - I like the neat dram better.