The Feis is initially more direct, closer to a pure ex Bourbon bottling. Much more maritime than the Distillers Edition, Gischt, a seafood platter. After a few minutes in the glass, a sweet note can be felt, almost like a syrup, most likely elderflower syrup.
With water very close to the standard 12, but with a subtle fruity sweetness.
The Distillers Edition is significantly sweeter than the standard 12, while the Feis bottling comes closer to this, especially with water, but adds an additional odor dimension.
The Feis is very spicy, strong wood influence (from heavy char?). Strong oak. Quite aggressive without water.
With water, especially adjusted to 40-43%, much closer to the Distillers Edition. The oak is still strong, but has a counterbalance in the Moscatel sweetness.
Distillers Edition and Diluted Feis Bottling are both sweet on the finish, the Feis has a strong oak finish. Undiluted, the Feis has too strong oak in the finish.
Interesting, the Feis bottling is a small chameleon that invites you to play with water. Interesting contrast between oak and sweetness.
I also find it exciting how sweet the Distillers Edition comes off in this comparison.
I find it a bit negative that the Feis bottling got too much cask for my taste, which is especially noticeable undiluted. Hence only 87/100