N: What a splendid start from this dark & rich whisky. Its an old-sweet one, sugared, ripe & stewed fruits mainly on raisins/wine grapes with toffee, buttered fudge and heaps of dry-peppery-oily-grainy-wood chippings. Later im picking up apricots. burned gauze, bergamot, tannic vegetables, a touch of mocha, smoked caramel, old bookshelves, some mahogany furniture polish, loo roll and grassy peat.
T: A defined vegetable=fruit-sweet smokiness, leading to BBQ-smoked vegetable skewers, burned vanillas and vegetable-fresh~candy & Dime bars. After time theres even a concentrated tincture-sweet jammyness on arrival. Its a little edgy at times but it certainly holds itself together with an appealing bitter>sweet>fresh profile throughout.
F: Sweet<bitter armagnac quality finish, with plums & nectarines in the mix. Dry & deep, tannic, burned/bitter, oak lingers alongside old-dusty bookshelves and some fresh & salty cream vanillas. Dry, grassy heathers at the death. Never stops testing the palate with regards to the changing and challenging profile. On more than one occasion I had peppered, soft, boiled egg yolk into the finish, as clear as day.
C: Treasure hunt dram - this way. This is a quirky and accomplished whisky with heaps to discover all-round, so much so it deserves a lot of respect [time] to get the most from it - and as a result, i have scored it accordingly. Despite its flaws its also marvellous, otherwise its happily enjoyed as a splendid drinker. Seems theres quite some inconsistency with regards to scoring and experience with this one. Could well be this one is sensitive to the elements. Ive read that some have found this thin and weak yet others not at all. I can tell you my bottle had considerably more bite and body than say the Linkwood 25yo WB from G&M which shares similar aspirations.
Scores a B+
Further reading WF88 WM85 WN73