...which should have matured several years longer, to be honest. This cask was rather inactive (other would say exhausted) and contributed not that much to the maturation of the spirit. Such casks can generate truly great drams once they are allowed to sleep quietly for 30+years - but the prince came way too early for this one, sadly...
The colour is very pale at white wine and the nose offers a fruity profile within a somewhat bitter wooden setting. This is okay but rather simple, to be honest. Given this nose I would guess a much younger malt, obviously the wood was quite leached already (hence the pale colour).
The taste is comparable - several flavours one finds in young malts usually (like mash, malted barley and sugars), some fruits and shy woods, that is it. It is flawless and easy to sip, no doubt. But given the price point I expect a little more (actually, much more). Water releases more of the fruits in the nose and turns the taste smoother without increasing the complexity of flavours. I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.
The dram arrives a little hot (peppery) on the palate with a nice coating effect and no distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds more of the sugars and some spices, finally. No distracting moments again, the minor drying impression towards the end is rather an asset in this setting.