N: The strongest [abv-wise] yet youngest of the flight, I suspect this to be as astringent, stark, resilient [and even unforgiving] on the palate as it is on the nose, so I shall only nose this at first whilst exploring the rest of the line-up, experimenting with water thereafter. What we have here is a fresh chiselled straight-ahead malty peppery/gingery appley expression with an underlying lactose note. Over time it softens but stays resolutely straight/simple.
T: Geez, that is peppery with a concentrated zing. I won’t be trying this neat for a second time. The arrival is lively and lovely, though even with plenty of water, it still becomes peppery and sour all the same but far [lemony] sweeter later one, now with more of a sugary chilli zing. In fact, this whisky improves significantly minute by minute, so it’s well worth persevering with, especially once you’ve eked out the distant phenols/char??
F: Almost detergent-y lemon[rind]-fresh with hints of apple skin/apple pie and a faint lactose/butyric feint-y mildly malty/bready soft fungal < coppery/wash-like waxy-ish finish. Being almost rum-like for a brief moment, we wrap up with a malty Milk of Magnesia and wet gacky chalky chew.
C: You can imagine how useful this style would have been to DCL as a characterful structural base for their blends, but of course, plenty of other distilleries catered for this role just as well. I’m not too sure how this will fit into the rest of the flight but as it turns out, it found a more than capable sparing partner later on.