N: Same as the 15yo but,… older, duh! Nothing gets past me! This batch of the ‘standard’ 18yo is made up from 80% bourbon and 20% sherry casks and is spared a ‘new wood’ finishing. Character-wise, this one speaks of fruity caramelised sugars and some malty fudge.
T: With further ageing, it’s gone [bone-dry] drier with less spiciness compared to the 15yo.
F: With sweet-bitter chocolate notes, I find this softer/more composed/more understated than the 15yo, and – also at 40% – a little flat.
C: This is good old enjoyable stuff, though what it gains with those extra three years in oak and oakiness, it loses in vitality [more abv grumbles].