T: Old paint brushes used with oil paints dipped in white spirit, a touch of creasote then lots of wood spice building and building, laced with toffee,
F: Stewed plums and prunes with a slightly overdone oat crumble topping followed by a fresh vegetal note, some aniseed, cloves and a fair amount of salt. The sweeter notes do peak through as does the orange oil but this is definitely a more fresh savoury finish. Water gives the profile a more buttery body which becomes very chewy, tying everything together without altering the development. Fresh oily metallic vanillas linger. Very woody, very phenolic and savoury. Very similar to Riegger's 1977 Bunnahabhain WB.
C: Good, not great. More years in the cask would make it more woody but possibly also a tad sweeter. Of course the wood tannins could become too bitter. Relatively challenging, complex and balanced grain especially on the finish, but it fails to wow. I'd be interested to try this with a few more years on the clock.
Scores a B