...and this new batch again is significantly weaker than L9016, now this dram clearly is of below-average quality. Ooh Diageo, were there really a few good casks only in your huge warehouses so you just could create one above-average initial batch? Or is this an intentional strategy to start with a good one and than get rid of all the sub-standard stuff? Anyhow, it is a shame!
The colour of both batches is the same at russetmuscat which is no wonder as they use caramel to adjust it (so forget about the colour, there is no meaning in it). The nose of this batch is even weaker than that of 016 with minor but annoying perfumy notes (lavendar) besides bitter-herbal wooden impressions. Almost no delicate malt aromas or sherry flavours, this nose is really to forget. The longer it breathes the more the anyhow shy aromas vanish (which is good in case of the minor perfumy-lavendar note - but what is a malt without a nose?). I like the nose of 016 much better (but still that is average-only at 85 points, at best).
The taste is rather unimpressive with sweet barley-sugary flavours in a shy sherry setting, but it is sulphur-free (at least). In a direct comparison with 016 this taste is more simple with no flavours in it that I will remember by tomorrow morning. What a big disappointment!
The initial mouthfeel is almost not creamy anymore, again a significant worsening compared to 016 (not to mention the great first batch from 2018). The finish is of medium length and adds ... nothing except a drying finish which gets unpleasant towards the end. Forget about water - it just flattens an already flat dram further.