...and this chance is gone down the drain, like all other drams. It truly seems as if Diageo uses the Flora & Fauna editions to dispose its sub-standard casks which were exhausted already at filling time and hence did not support the maturation of the spirit. As a result all these drams own very weak (some non-existent) noses and rather immature flavour profiles with little impressions of interest. To be honest, I did not like any of these drams and I did not finish any of the samples. Shame on you, Diageo!
The colour is old gold and the nose offers again the shy profile of leached casks. First there is (almost) nothing to detect - after some breathing shy sherry aromas pop up but the malt stays silent. A very disappointing nose, hardly enjoyable.
The taste is barley sugary sweet and wood-tannic bitter with nothing of interest and nothing really to enjoy (according to my taste buds). After some chewing some shy sherry flavours are detectable which create a somewhat drinkable profile, at least. No, I do not empty this sample either.
The dram arrives unimpressive at the palate with just minor coating effects but major drying-astringent moments. The finish is like with all other editions short and adds nothing new except that unpleasant bitter dryness of heavy tannins again. Forget about about, it just flattens everything without releasing something of interest.