Nose 88: Smoke immediately fills my nose. It’s a very earthy, medicinal, bacon nose. Hell I would think this would be a Laphroaig if I did not know better. After the smoke there is a lovely vanilla sweetness, accompanied by elderflower and, I know this sounds weird, but a book from university library. You can also smell the sherry cask influence with a berry sweetness that goes into the direction of strawberries and cherries. I also get a hint of limes and salt. The nose is very complex and gives so much away already. Definitely more exciting than the age statement
Taste 88 : Very very smooth. This goes down so easily, it is very sweet but the sweetness of dark berries and vanilla and sugar is immediately replaced by a lovely smoke note that again is very different to everything I ever tasted. It is quite spicy but again with bacon and medicine. Oak immediately fills my mouth as well but it is very very good. Well balanced and quite easily a lot of fun.
Finish 90: Very long and complex. There is so much going on here. Confirms the taste. But it starts much smokier than the taste and then goes into the sweet notes like strawberries, cherries, cake, and the oak has a nice influence as well. I also get a nice combination of different spices combining with the wood. There is a lingering smokey and salty note in the back that just simply keeps on going after a couple of minutea I also get a smoky bloody mary, what the hell is going on here. This is so complex I’m amazed.
I’m so torn with this whisky. It is very good… but the price point… If this bottling was 0,7L I’d recommend it immediately. Make sure you get a sample before you buy a bottle, I would not buy a bottle again but I love it.