A stunning bottling that rivals many old Irish whiskies in its fruitiness and many much older (30-and-up) Scotch whiskies in its creamy, waxy old-age aromas.
Only downside is the pricing: I really would love to have two bottles of this in my stash, but at the current price level, I will probably settle for one.
Majestically fruity, with sweet, ripe pears in the lead, followed by honeydew melon, peach, and guava. Honey, herbs, and dusty / waxy old-age aromas. Virtually no woodiness; it's entirely fruity, creamy, sweet. Pure nectar.
(May even be too sweet and smooth for some - if you don't like super soft and exuberantly fruity old Speysiders à la Balvenie and Glenlivet, don't bother.)
You're basically drinking the mildest, sweetest, least acidic exotic multivitamin fruit juice you can imagine. No burn whatsoever, just lushly honeyed pear pulp flavors with some creamy vanilla custard mixed in for good measure. Pretty thick and oily for the low strength, which feels naturally reduced/condensed rather than watered-down. The oak is there on the palate, mingling beautifully with the lush fruit flavors and providing a softly spiced espresso feeling toward the end. What's impressive is that it tastes much like a well-done OB rather than an IB, in the sense that there are no woody, "austere" or harsh notes, no tired-cask bitterness or excessive sour flavors - as if it were a carefully composed blend rather than a single-cask bottling. To encounter such a balanced flavor composition in a SC as opposed to a vatting is pretty impressive. A rare find.
..... and another burst of fruits as it goes down - it's getting ridiculous! But just as you're wondering whether you're actually having thick, freshly squeezed pear juice, the oak finally rears its head, carrying a dusty and softly drying impression to the roof of the mouth. Café au lait, anyone? Still there's absolutely no unwelcome acidity, and no bitterness, either. Quite a performance.