T: Lots of strength neat [50.4, go figure] with lots of [orangy-juicy/malty/jammy] ethanol to overcome - but the oak works wonders without any danger of becoming intrusive. Its best with water, the fruity maltiness making more impact although at this point the spirit is still the more outspoken element. However its only now that the magic of this malt begins to unravel with a [poetic] bitter-sweet exchange [dance] between spirit and cask.
F: Its true to form as everything from the palate lovingly lingers. All that has gone before remains but with a dryish, malty, bitter=sweet oak finish that now completes the journey. Wow thats something else - equilibrium, balance and poise that is only fully achieved at the death.
C: This is a special one, its a complete journey from an umami nose to a journey on the palate where the balance between spirit and cask is only achieved right on the finish line - something ive not come across before, so pronounced. Needs proper and considered water management for best results.
Scores a B+