NOSE: Initially bourbon notes, mild peat smoke and fruitiness. Unfolds after some minutes in the glass; hints of coffee and dark chocolate, sweet oak, some tropical fruits, particularly dried banana and coconut. Very subdued peat smoke at this stage, it’s really only appearing in the background. A healthy dose of water initially brings out some more peat smoke, but after some time in the glass lovely fruity and floral notes take charge, very much the bourbon casks showing again, I think. These must have been quite active and good casks. Lots of dried yellow fruits, light toffee, vanilla, sweet wood. (86p w/o water, 88p w/ water)
TASTE: The arrival is sweet, with sweet oak, alcohol and glycerin. On the mid palate there’s more wood spice, although not very peppery, and a little nip of alcohol. Water makes it sweeter and almost buttery in texture. It also takes away the alcohol nip. (85p w/o water, 86p w/ water)
EXIT: The exit is sweet, with toffee, wood, some dried yellow fruits and a little pepper. Water makes the exit sweeter and more toffeed. (83p w/o water, 85p w/ water)
TOTAL SCORE: 86 points (84-85p without water). Give it time in the glass. And water.