This dram shows that it doesn't always take old age or sherry to be fun. Maybe a little bit of luck, but who cares if something so smooth comes out of it. A single cask at this price with such a profile? You have to travel back in time to, for example, Benriach 90s bourbon cas maturation!
A palette of tropical fruits jumps straight at you. Grapes, lemon, fermented pineapple and / or apricots. It is sweet on the nose but not really vanilla but rather fruit sugar or jam-sweet
A lot of peppery but a lot from the nose is well transported by the high alcohol strength. Certainly also scope for water, but I would be afraid to lose something. I feel a bit of smoke but marginally, probably more from toasting. Oak bitterness also present in the second sip.
Only at the medium-long finish you notice that it is not older but definitely set. A little chewing activates the fruits again and an association of student food with me