Smell of soil and wet wood. Then come the herbs and currants. The dry, spicy and only distant currants in the first drink are subtle, linger well. However, it is not very impressive. I know I drank it earlier at the pretzels whisky bar in Sittard and that it was a bit disappointing and I can honestly say that again; the 12YO is so good that the price and age of the 18YO cannot meet expectations.