After tasting it, save the water for the plants, it'll only wipe it out. The dram is potent and biting, but if you let it settle in the glass, it bears resemblance to Lowlands. There's no grass here, only barley and fudge, oak and heat... but it's going in a direction that I'm enjoying... it just down't last long enough and that alcohol bite sort of hampers its enjoyment.
Heat and vanilla custard... cooked vanilla pudding. Vainilla... that fake stuff you get at the airports in Mexico; but much reduced. Floral notes, bright lemon citrus and alcohol bite itches the nose, more effervescent barley mash in the bottom with a twist of woody spice... maybe green cardamom candies? Actually comes across as a lowland in my mind (almost).
There's a burst of white pepper heat and sweet confectioners sugar, malt and tea leaves with a sweet kick of hot porridge. The heat really hits you square in the back of the throat. Creamy vanilla and more sweet baking spice sort of twinkle around the fringes but are hard to get a grasp on... it doesn't last long enough to really get into it and water only drowns it.
Short and sweet. There's not much to write here, vanilla oak boards and sweet jasmine florals wander off pretty quickly into nothing. If you overanalyze the amount of wood here, it's not going to be pleasant, there's a lurking majority of the wood in the dram right at the very end of the finish and it makes it bitter, very Lowland... Littlemill almost.