...and they acknowledge a fine but do not state an exceptional dram. This is flawless and very quaffable but the same time it lacks both complexity and depth (e.g., layers, waves) to be truly outstanding. Given the limited supply of casks to IBs these days it was a great pick by Jens and the price is adequate compared to other recent releases but to be honest: I would not spend more than 120 Euro on such a drinking experience even today. Nevertheless I do not regret to buy this bottle because I really enjoy to quaff it when I am not in the mood to dig very deep into a whisky's profile.
The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a delicious fruity profile, mainly of home-grown fruits like apples, pears or peaches. There are a lot more of other aromas like waxes, spices, sugars, floral impressions and a certain sourness which I like. This nose is very enjoyable, no doubt but it is by no means on eye-level to these old Bowmore stuff mentioned above (which trades well above 1000 bucks these days, unfortunately). By the way, I prefer to nose this dram out of a Glencairn glass instead of a big spherical blender's glass (usually it is the other way around). Breathing does no favour to this dram so I suggest to investigate this nose right away after serving it.
The taste adds an interesting flavour of white chocolate to the profile of the nose which is nicely countered by some bitter notes from the wood (tannins as well as green tea-alike impressions). This taste is not layered but greatly balanced and without any flaw. Nevertheless I recommend to chew it for a while because more impressions are released this way. Among them are nutty, oily and grassy notes.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with some peppery moments which are not distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds more barley sugars and spices. They do not enhance the profile further but they are enjoyable nonetheless. No bitter or drying moments, again. Water releases more fruits in the nose (now some exotic join in) and turns the taste sweeter with more honeys and sugars and less bitter notes. Actually, this dram benefits greatly from a slight reduction and I like it best at around 40-43% abv (I score the neat dram one point less).