Initially very shy and closed when poured in the glass. I gave it about 20 minutes and 3 drops of water to help it open up. Still no outburst of flavors but no worries; there is still plenty to discover here.
To me the Madeira cask is dominant, but in a polite way. This one has a shadow of the past hanging over it; I like the musty and dusty side here. In addition some oaky flavors and to my surprise some fresh mint.
Full body and immediate warm arrival. Waxy structure. Again the Madeira cask is slightly dominant. Mild spices stay in the back and I recognize “stophoest” (a typical Dutch candy in case of a cough – but also nice when one does not cough).
Medium long finish. Aforementioned flavors in the taste remain till it all fades away.
Conclusion: in spite of the odd combination of casks, this works pretty well. I need to go back to Deanston to get me a bottle.