N: Fruity this one, apples, clementines, snow pears & soft bananas, dried coconut, dried & cubed papaya, flapjack, lime candy, mango juice, toffee chunky. Quite the ultimate summer breakfast cereal. Later - peppery and malty with honeyed leather which reminds me of a particular 12yo Inchgower also bottled by JM WB. After about twenty minutes, this is fruity soft toffee all the way, very summer school fete. Next day - raspberries and blackberries, vanilla ice-cream, soft toffee, tinture bourbon vibe here with an exquisite malty, salty, mineral, sea vegetal ‘je ne sais quoi’. Irresistable nose
T: Fruity indeed, strong phenols bring a spirit led bitter/sweet, peppery, fruity concentrated tincture to proceedings. Aged bourbon fruits develop before the toffee malt eases through and the cask shows its deep slow layers of maturation, Some good casks here. Bitter oak bites into the sweeter fruitiness during a long, long and consistent development. Later - malty, fruity, peaty, clean, strong spirit;.. chalky and drying before turning fruit tincture like, milky and still drying - add water, lots. Becomes much more fruity and woody with water, drying a little less but fresh turning malty
F: ……..Gooey, fruity, blackberry flapjack with soft toffee chunks throughout. Fruity-angostura bitter-tincture remains with a touch of waxy, soft candied fruits and strong a coconut finish. The oak never leaves the malts side. Lots of drying oak, fennel and vanilla.
C: Sometimes simple and moorish, other times complex and challenging but always a dream dram. Quickly suffers from oxidisation.
Scores an A-