Tasted head to head with the cask strength version. This one is more fruit-forward and a bit less balanced. Still it's definitely a good whisky considering its age.
It's obvious that this whisky is young, but the nose is balanced. Perhaps the triple distillation works to get a soft spirit which is quite receptive to wood. What you get is a nose with ample orchard fruit (mainly pear) and red apple, some fusel oils (husks) which are a good balance to the fruitiness. It has picked up some vanilla, coconut and baking spice from the wood.
Quite chewy and viscous, with sufficient power. It is still dominated by pear, but with a creamy side (creme brulee) and toffee. Medium-sweet feel, not harsh or bitter at all.
Moderate of length, fading away pleasantly on pear, ginger bread, baking spice, vanilla custard. Not too complex but pleasant.