...which is another perfect example of the IB's desperate search of acceptable casks that they can release. Increasingly hard to find most attempts are bound to fail like this one - as the owners sell sub-standard casks to IB's only these days. This one was completely inactive over the 23 years (or in other words: exhausted, depleted or leached) and did not support the maturation process of the spirit in any way. The result is a simple and unimpressive "flawless" dram - yes, it is drinkable but why should I?
The colour is white wine and the nose offers what can be expected from such a pale colour after 23 years of maturation: The profile of an exhausted cask with mainly barley sugars and some shy floral aromas. Very light and simple, but not flawed.
The taste is malty-sugary sweet with some grassy-autumn floral flavours, again quite simple. Later some nutty notes appear that are highly welcomed to enrich the profile a litte bit, at least. This is exactly how all leached casks taste, why did they not do a finishing in an active cask (e.g., wine or 1st fill bourbon)?
The initial mouthfeel is thin and not impressive either. The finish is short and adds no new impressions. Water releases no new aromas in the nose (if nothing is there what could be released?) and leaves the taste unchanged - so it does not matter if you add water or not...