I am not sure if this off-note really comes from the whisky or if the cork stopper of this bottle was foul. Maybe someone who owns another bottle could clarify this...
The colour is amber and the texture shows a fat sticky ring with some tears and slow legs. The nose is a little shy and requires some time to open up. After that aromas of sweet fruits, green tea leafes, tobacco and this strange off-note emerge that smells a little bit cardboardy and like a musty attic. It is quite interesting but not really to my liking.
The taste itself is dominated by this unpleasant off-note that tastes cardboardy and corky. I do not like this at all, even after detecting some other nice flavours that lurk in the background. Water turns the dram sweeter and smoother and it takes away some of this unpleasant off-note. Actually it is much better this way - without water I rate the neat dram 4-5 points lower.
The dram arrives bitter (tannins) and astringent (plastics, metals) on the palate but it coats the whole of the mouth (usually this is great, but in this case it is not a fortune). The finish is rather long and again bitter-astringent with this disgusting corky taste.