N: Comes across as a fruity Speysider rather than a rugged Islay sea dog. Theres hints of Bunna’s dirty and oily idiosyncrasys but this is rather a light, clean nose. I miss the sherry influence and a touch of smoky peat i associate with the 12 and 18yo. What we have here is a spirit led malt with minuscule wood influence. The spirit is wine like with a chalky & flinty nature, honeyed and yeasty with vague but dense layers of vanilla malt. Its charming but otherwise simple and ultimately lacking.
T: Full mouthful, peppery and zingy with lots of spirit still in its adolescence. Some cocoa is trying its best to materialise but the spirit is too dominant
F: Lots of fresh vanillas, a few drops of acute citrus and lots more spirit.
C: Reminds me of vintage 5yo Glen Grants. This must have been a dead cask which is a shame because theres good spirit here awaiting maturation. Its definitely drinkable, but why would you bother when the Ob 12yo and 18yo can offer so much, for less.
Scores a C