This one is a long time standard bottle in my collection for a number of years now. The main reason for that: this is one of those examples of a whisky that fools you at first but lets you really enjoy it after. Since its the first of april tomorrow i think this is a great moment to share my opinion about this 'gotya! Whisky'.
initial nose and taste are a disapointing experience at first. The Influence of the alcohol is quite hard and uncomfortable. It doesnt release a lot of itself and is a real bumber. But, Bottled at 55% this nadurra really turns out great when adding quite a lot of water. When you do, the nose really comes down to a nice balanced whisky whit lots to offer.
At first very alcoholic, not much in it, when adding water, it really opens up very decent. A lot of wood influences, wet wood, burned wood, something like licorice. Definitly a first fill. Citrus fruits accompanied with honey and vanilla. Something fresh joins the nose after a while. Something like a tropcial freshness. It definitly needs time in the glass to reach the optimal drinking experience. The longer it stays in the glass, the better it becomes.
At first, alcohol, alcohol, alcohol, heatbomb on the palat. After adding water quite beautifull. Smooth, oily, a little Sharp edge after a while but not disturbing. Sweet, again wood, some bitter/dry notes almost a little nutty like almonds or cashen. Some Candy too.
Medium long, Warm, soft and smooth with a little Sharp edge at the end. Keeps developing for quite a while.
Presentation: as daddy likes it: no fancy, expensive additional packaging. Just a simple box in which the focus is still on the whisky.
A really Nice whisky for a good price. And last but not least: Natural color and unchillfiltered while being an official botteling coming from one of the biggest players in the world of whisky. Now that's what i call a statement!