Tasted with my standard calibration whisky, Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve (80-81 pts. depending on the individual bottle).
Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
On the first nosing, sharper than my calibration whisky, and definitely younger. There is this pervasive "cask aroma" thing about it, like with many of these new distillery releases, so I expect this to be an experience that'll lean strongly on secondary aromas. Some nail polish, faint beer and spices, and a whiff of sawdust, but the dominant aroma is that of some kind of jelly candy, not exactly wine gums but something sweeter. The spiciness has a hint of jeera about it. A little bit of water brings out the jellies even better. Behind it all there is the faintest whiff of smoke, stronger than that of Glenfiddich, but still ephemeral rather than an ever-present, dominant thing.
The attack is drier than the nose's sweetness would indicate. There are some spices here that remind me of young rye whisky, and a bit of sawdust and solvent as well, but they're all well covered by the flood of secondary aromas that bring this supermarket grape juice taste, and a hint of chocolate. Occasionally there is an aroma as if someone distilled ginger. Every now and then I enjoy it quite a lot, but the occasional solvent tastes and slightly artificial sweetness do remind me of what it really is. The body's impressively full for its age, though.
Fresh, really. Almost a mouthwash on account of all the ginger and aspartame going around. Some aluminium and sprouts as well. The finish definitely talks to me of young whisky, whereas the fullness of the body says they did something right with the make, and perhaps more time will give us a truly great whisky.