N: Its not exactly flat but it is soft with a metallicy/modern blend-style tangyness and less complexity than ,… but hold on – this is starting to open up nicely. Fruity-oaky-sooty, dry balsa wood>some gunpowder>flint, strawberry-oak-smoke [at a totally inoffensive & yet also beautiful level], really dry vanilla-clotted cream, dry butter=cream,…. An excellent start.
T: Soft-sharp-winey blend with an acute intensity. Notes of waxy-dry-putty fruits [this, the talking point], dry waxy-squidgy vanilla>fruits [satsuma>dry strawberry lollies], elongated travel, caramac-wax – all contributing to some desirable chew.
F: Lots of tongue-smacking. Dusty fungal, deep smoke whiffs buried deep within the oaky dry vanilla with a neutral succulent-dry/light charring.
C: Whilst the 12yo is ‘ready’ but only just, this 17yo is ‘more than ready’ – on another level with an old skool style to boot, the oak doing much of the talking. A really good blend that holds up over time, and yet like the 12yo blend at £95, i begin to think what else is available at £200 over this.
Not a bad 17yo (I like it more than 18yo ex-bourbon Speysides such as Glenlivet), but not remarkable enough for the price. Definite fennel/licorice component on the nose and the palate; unusually but not unpleasant. I would rather drink the Nikka Coffey Grain at a fraction of the price, or a Hibiki 17+ for the same money or less.