...and it is one of the best alien whiskies I had so far. This truly smells and tastes like a (Scotch) single malt whisky and I can imagine a fine profile after some more years of maturation. Still it is somewhat immature in the nose and the taste is rather simple (which is quite normal at the age of seven) but it is very enjoyable to quaff. Hopefully the owners mature some of this stuff for at least 12 years, I look forward to buy a bottle in 2025.
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers not a "Schnapps" profile which is good but still it smells somewhat immature, no wonder at just seven years of age. Nonetheless, the smoky-winey-oaky profile is quite nice and given some more years of maturation this might become an excellent alien whisky, most probably.
The taste is much more mature with a delicious combo of medicinal-peaty flavours contained by the sweet port wine and barley sugars, some shy fruits and firm herbal wooden notes which do not dominate (yet). No flaw or imbalance, and I can imagine a great taste after some more years of maturation (I expect this dram to be perfect at around 12 years of maturation, most probably). Still it is rather simple, but very quaffable!
The initial mouthfeel is satisfying with a creamy warming texture covering all of the mouth instantly. A great oiliness, indeed and obviously they kept the heart of the run very narrow (well done!). The finish is of medium length and adds more bitter impressions of cold ashes and herbs which I like. It turns a little drying towards the end but this is no big deal. Water releases more bitter-peaty aromas in the nose which dominate the profile too much now and the taste turns bitter too with an increasingly unpleasant astringent mouthfeel. Clearly I prefer the neat dram.