T: Mild bitter into a waxy-savoury bitter/sweet. Initially theres a bit of muddle in the middle taste wise but the mouthfeel is where this one is at. Add water though and this one performs just fine, with an improved mouthfeel and cohesive if simple but self assured delivery. Theres a satisfying soft barley journey to be had, kindly aided by some decent maturation. With only a hint of young spirit, it leads to a bitter oiliness and a sour liquorice.
F: Dry cask notes come through now revealing waxy/oily vanillas with dark oak in tandem. More [leafy], bitter/sour with a touch of the bitter distillate peaking through. Not much sigh of E150a here.Theres a light charring/toasting on my palate at the death
C: Not sure whats gone into this but its tasty and very skilfully blended, and challenging towards the end. One feels the master blended has made the best from the situation.
Scores a C
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