If this were the standard profile of under-age whiskies I (most probably) would start to drink these babies - but unfortunately it is not. Most of the pre-teen bottlings are simply (guess what?) ... immature!
The colour is burnished and the texture shows fast thick legs and very late small tears. The nose is very punchy on high alcohols and certainly cries for water. Nevertheless some nice sherry aromas and a rich sweetness enfold after some time to breathe. It is not as immature as most other pre-teen stuff, rather delicate.
The taste is quite shy too as the high abv locks the flavours and aromas in. So it is time to let it swim... just some drops are ignored but after a fair share it shows its real young beauty. Delicious and fresh sherry aromas combine with sweet wooden flavours and some spiciness. Is really all the whisky that young or did they add some older stuff to the bottling? If it is that young then it was a perfect maturation. The mouthfeel now is gentle and almost creamy but not as coating as when neat. The palate improved from the swimming exercise greatly and offers a well balanced mix of sweet barley sugars, wooden structures and some spicy as well as fruity aromas.
The arrival on the palate is another positive surprise - not hot at all but warming and coating. Just a little peppery but that is nice. The finish is long and sweet, just slightly drying notes at the end (metallic) that are not unpleasant at all.