On the nose: initially not as fruity and sweet as you might expect. there are some buttery notes; it reminds me of a bread and butter pudding, along with vanilla, coffee grounds and white chocolate. when opened the fruits emerge: foam of red berries, apricots, peaches and bananas.
On the palate: This is multi-layered, with flavors that come and go everywhere. on the one hand it is very dessert-like, with apples, poached pear, buttery pastry and cream. There are hints of cinnamon, dates and raisins, the remnants of sherry and port, but only occasionally. then there are some memories of summer with honey, heather and a floral green that I can only attribute to the virgin oak. the finish leaves rich caramel, ginger, cocoa and a hint of cloves. it takes a splash of water, which helps to reveal more of the fruity notes, but it's not essential and comes at the cost of losing some of the oiliness.
final balance, this is a fairly complex whisky. There's a lot going on, but if you get the time to open up, it sticks together nicely. for me this was a pleasure.