Appearance: Slightly darker than straw golden. Oily.
Nose: Hay, caramel, light smoke, apple, oak, lemon, vanilla. Touch of dill / fennel. Just a touch of berries.
Palate: Woody, straw, light smoke, lemon, pepper, tannin, young and a bit rough.
Finish: Hot, peppery, tannic. Not particularly pleasant. A bit buttery.
With Water: More vanilla and toffee, honey. Sweetness comes out a little. Still quite hot and tannic.
Overall: Not bad, but definitely shows its young age. Smoke is low, alcohol heat and tannic bitterness is high. I am not particularly impressed, and not really worth the retail price, let alone the premium. Disappointing after how good the 18 y.o. was.