Extra points for the promising nose. I'm afraid this one is way past its prime, because in addition to the heat, it does have the typical negative OBE where notes show up and then they vanish a second later. Just too much air over the years.
Nice harmonic nose with a lot of butter, cake dough and hay. Slightly oily, some raw barley aromas. Citrusy and a soft note of green apples. Excellent No nonsense nose. Quiet but substantial.
Strong initial attack on an old vanilla fudge note that reminds of the old Balvenie Founder's Reserve. Amazingly identical. Some pepper and citrus notes right before it gets hot. Too hot.
The heat really masks the finish. Some vanilla, maybe some barley and thats it.