By the way: There will be times when you are disappointed with this dram's taste (esp. at the beginning of a tasting session), but simply wait another 10 minutes and this will change to total satisfaction. The most unusual malt I ever experienced!!! ...so far...
[January, 2019] I opened another bottle that I bought for 152 Euro in March, 2006 to do more detailed notes (see below). And I like it even better!
The colour is very dark at old oak and the nose offers a bold plum-cherry treacle aroma right after serving the dram with some strong liquorice notes. Wow, this is strange! After some breathing an extremely complex profile enfolds with old port wine, different jams, some bubble-gum and many more. Twenty minutes later very interesting aromas of both natural and machine oils pop up together with honey and nougat notes.
The taste is multi-multi layered on an over-ripe fruit stew first before sour winey flavours turn it into a fruit liquorice setting. After that dark chocolatey and mocha notes pop up and all of a sudden the whole provides the profile of an old delicious carribean rum (you ever tried a Caroni?). I am completely surprised that despite all these rich flavours the whole stays balanced and harmonic - how can that be? After some chewing dozens of spicy and herbal wooden notes arrive and a certain sourdough bread flavour develops over time. Leave it in the glass for more than 20 minutes and all of a sudden it tastes like a grand old champagne cognac (50+years). After that another liquorice attack starts over and ... find out yourself how this thrilling movie ends! Just a little hint: Did you ever taste original Nuremberger lebkuchen? Oooh, I love that!
The whisky arrives bold and thick on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with an interesting dark chocolatey film, very astonishing! The finish is virtually endless and adds balsamic vinegar and herbal liquor flavours that are again ... flabbergasting! The woods are strong but never too bitter because all the other bold flavours keep them contained. Unfortunately, It gets cardboardy at the very end what I do not like. Some water releases more aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother and more approachable but it strengthens the bitter-drying wooden notes, too. A further reduction does actually the same so play around with water to find the level that suits you best. I prefer the neat dram, to be honest.