Raw, edgy, candy corn, an 80's whisky (drank in 80's so from the 70's and 60's) feeling, candy wrapper, fresh cut Vetch, yes there's a vegetal note but not like many Jura's that are kinda wet mossy-ish.
This Nevis is a bit like some Japanese whiskies from the early 2000's but not a really good one. The typical tasting notes for this bottle are rather cliche and don't necessarily approach the authentic experience of handling and tasting the rather austere result of two casks having been married by SV. Good ole Signatory. What would we do without those guys? They bottle so many interesting moments in time, captured for posterity.
I'd have to say this whisky is unique, but not all in a good way. I guess there is some cantaloupe in there, on the nose. Very 80's, yes.
I like the nose better than the palate. The palate is like a less complex carbon copy of the nose (needs a few drops of water to make it even more like an 80's middle shelf pour), yet without so much of the nostalgia that takes me back in time. I will do small pours of this bottle and sniff them more than I drink them, while I read a good book. I like that, to sniff and read, ha. On the downside, the mouth impressions evoke memories of that time in a bar when the only Scotch to drink was GlenLivet 12 (take it or livet). But it's much better than Livet's 12 year old souse on the nose.
There's nothing worse than drinking too much Livet (at least at the single malt level). Ugh. Reminds me of vomit burps and heartburn in Queens NY dive bars in my early 20's at last call when I was thinking about taking a cab home and wondering if my car would make it to the next day without being vandalized or broken into. I can't drink Livet 12 any longer for that reason. Bad associations. Not that I would want to drink Livet 12 anyhow.
This said, I have tasted some rather nice single cask bottlings from that distillery however. Really fat, juicy, overly-sherried whiskies that were fun but not terribly brilliant. Like a person who is the life of the party despite having an IQ under 120.
Anyway, I don't regret buying this bottle of Nevis. It's quite fun and worth the adventure. I wouldn't buy two, however. The sort of thing I might pour for a novice who may or may not throw ice into his or her glass.