Nose: A lovely, subdued waxiness is apparent right off the bat. There's also a light but somewhat robust olive oil. This is a great profile for a 25 yo matured in refill bourbon wood. With further nosing, I'm also getting a subtle hit of lemon zest--not particularly bright citrus, but it works well here. There's also some nice minerality that's quite welcome. Finally, while I'm not getting much honey, it has sort of a floral feel. That's not to say it's perfumed, but more in line with pollen and that sort of note. The combination as a whole is redolent of a scented candle, albeit nothing over the top.
Taste: The waxiness combines with some well-refined maltiness to form a pleasant arrival. Given this was bottled at a natural strength of solidly under 46%, I wasn't expecting any heat. My expectations were met as I didn't get any. As with the nose, I'm also tasting some of the bitter, floral-like qualities. While it seemed sort of lemony on the nose, the palate is more like grapefruit (thanks to the bitterness). There's not much more to say, but one shouldn't mistake that for it being simplistic or otherwise deficient. This is naked but impressive malt.
Finish: The bitter notes stick around for a decent amount of time. It's not at all drying, though, so it works.
Comments: This is not the flashiest or most beginner-friendly whisky out there. That's not to say it's particularly challenging or difficult like some drams can be (I'm thinking about stuff like young, single cask Benromach, for instance). Rather, it's quiet and classy. You have to give this some time in the glass and pay attention to what it's presenting. Not much is going to punch you in the face. Still, what's there is deftly executed and quite pleasing. It gets there by the skin of its teeth due to being a little narrow and shy, but it's good enough at what it offers to reach 90 for me.