The scent of cardboard - not the annoying kind - quickly turns floral and soft. It has been (closed) in the closet for five years, waiting for the final judgment - keep it and sell it or not? Or not, so. The increase in value is negligible (see what I did there?) And the valuation on WB is not over the top.
Okay, pop, so open now. 14 years old, at 43%. he's a smooth guy. Butterfat mouthfeel, trace of nuts and wood, a bitter edge in the aftertaste. There is something spicy in it, not very specific. It doesn't necessarily make me happy. Dry, dusty, now also cardboard in the aftertaste. I think that if you blended this with a sweet whisky like Glenmorangie 10YO, the combination would be more interesting than this whisky as a single malt. I will definitely give that a try, I still have 100 ml of that stuff somewhere.
That said, maybe it's just me today - it wouldn't be the first time the whisky is more enjoyable the next time. Not a big deal for now, but I am disappointed.
The second tasting is a bit better; there is a pleasant pepper in it - unfortunately the cardboard remains ubiquitous. This whisky is neither fruity nor very sweet; neither salty nor peaty; neither remarkable nor startling; what he is, I may know that the third time.
We have had that third time now. Nuts, softly sweet, cardboard remains oxygenated for a month and a half now. I don't really believe in that myth either. Mild, friendly, minty entry-level whisky that can't really anger anyone. Unfortunately, I am not pleased either. 82 points.