Extremely bright and fruity with honeydew melon, pineapple, guava and pear. Behind that, there's a sweet caramel richness but also a sense of dry, mineralic white wine. The ex-bourbon wood provides a vague impression of honeyed warmth, but it's hard to detect apart from that. A typical American-oak nose from (perhaps slightly tired) refill barrels. At first I struggled to find the typical Clynelish notes, but I'm happy to report that water improves it greatly - and brings out the wax!
Slick, oily texture, some heat, some juicy acidity, and a little sweetness.
Develops along the lines of sweet-->sour-->bitter (the tired-cask variety).
Sour fruit compote and impressions of steamed green vegetables. Really not a lot of cask involvement or development here; it all goes in a steady line without any valleys or peaks. It's also slightly hot without water, the addition of which mellows it out but doesn't substantially improve the palate. H2O adds some spiky tannins at the death, though.
Salty aftertaste on a carpet of bitter astringency with pockets of sweet-and-sour flashes and still some zingy alcohol. Virtually no oak.