Tip: Hmmmh, which whiskys are bottled with around 45 percent? It won't be a Dalmore OA... ;)
I'll say: UA, Highlands, Bourbon cask (barrel rather than hogshead), over 20 years.
Very mild, with vanilla quark, crème caramel, apple compote and some spicy wood, which becomes stronger and more complex over time and is complemented by roasted aromas - coffee, coal. Initially 85-86, with more time in the glass 87-88
Holla the forest fairy, but he pretzels properly for only 45 percent. Starts out harmless, but then it gets so peppery and spicy that for my part I had to swallow earlier than I would have liked. Doesn't necessarily appear as if it was burned too sharply, but rather as if the spice/spiciness would come from the wood. Is he older than his nose lets me think? So first sweet-sour, then peppery-spicy-hot, then a woody (but tasteless) finish with citrus notes flashing again and again. Quite boisterous, but of high quality, with a great freshness and crispness and super crisp, delicious oak notes.
Find the wood here really exciting. Somehow has a certain depth, and an amazing variety of flavors. There's something crisp and fresh, but also something heavy and charcoal... In between, I also had to consider whether it had a light smoke. Difficult to describe but pretty good.