Nose: Funky and a bit bizarre. Lots of chalk up front. A friend of mine nosed my glass and mentioned ‘oil pastels’, and I think he’s dead on. Almost gasoline-y. Past the funk are typical Speyside-y notes of lemon, pear, and cereals, as well as mint and some cut grass.
Aha, some water helped things here. The funk is down a bit, and the grass and light fruit have been amplified. There’s now a sugared grapefruit lurking in there.
Palate: Medium-heavy body, with a rich and warming feel. The weirdness continues here, with paraffin joining the expected light fruit notes. There’s almost a slight limestone/brine note in here, soon joined by baker’s yeast and some slightly tart white wine. Oak and spices on the back end.
Water helps here too, mostly cleaning things up and turning it slightly creamy.
Finish: Medium length. More chalk here, as well as licorice, vanilla, and marshmallow.
Water had a nice effect here, bringing out some lemon candy, pineapple, and pear, while retaining a slight sour earthy note and some cilantro. There’s also more cream, and a bit of a beefy richness which brings to mind pho of all things.