The aroma is very full, almost bold on the nose.
I have caramel, vanilla, dates, old, slightly damp wood, raw sugar, pickled cherries that have been dumped and then dried, dried apricots, some modeling clay.
The aroma remains surprisingly constant in the nose. Very intense and full but hardly any change.
I also find certain parallels here to some bottlings from the Hammerschmiede. Very, very many of their bottlings always have a special caramel note, which I otherwise only know from rum bottlings from Zacapa and which I now also find here.
Very nice, full, syrupy body, powerful attack. The alcohol is incorporated really well. It must also have been a very active fresh Strathisla cask that pumped the whisky up quite a bit. A slightly unround youth can be felt.
Oak, caramel, vanilla, caramelized cherries, hint of sulfur (match head), tree bark, red grapes.
Medium-length finish, oily drops remain in the mouth. Oak, dry wood, vanilla, earth, burnt caramel, dark chocolate cake.