Nose: Deep, rich stone fruits, apricot dried apricot, melon, big vanilla, banana, oak, cookies, caramel, melon, raisin, cinnamon, cardamum, smoke is lighter.
Palate: Salty, smoky, rich, rich malt, oak, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel.
Finish: Peppery, spicy, dry and woody, light smoke, even lighter sweetness. A bit austere, but long.
With Water: More smoke in the nose. More malty sweetness on the palate. Spices become less astringent.
Overall: Obviously more mature than the 12, but lacking in the huge body that the cask strength gave it. Of course, this still has more than enough body. Another fabulous whisky but over $100 here.