High quality casks...oily whisky, very impressive legs-- great interaction with the oak! Extraordinary complexity, with a remarkable harmony of the notes. Especially praiseworthy, is the life-length of the notes-- each wave arrives in perfect succession. Uncommon flavor/aroma profile...sweet sherry, oak, butter...numerous herbal and floral qualities, including but not limited to menthol, eucalyptus, rose hips, and tea-tree oil. Also to be found, are; seaside caramels, unsweetened and unsalted butter from grass fed cows, cocoa de maracaibo, marzipan, almond milk, clover honey-butter, nougat, mild peat-- (toasty peated barley), peanut brittle, kettle corn, bakers butter mixed in with flour and water-- (the starts of biscuit batter), butterscotch. Superb balance of invigorating herbals, gentle florals, maritime vibrancy, sweet notes, salty notes, buttery, oaky, nutty, sherried...This single malt is youthful, yet-- refined...subtle, yet-- distinctly pronounced...there is so much going on here! There are also some shy fruits, both dried; and summer-ripe. A beautiful, busy nose leads to an excellent entry on the palate, a surprising middle, and a fantastic finish that acts older than it's age. Classy and unique...I highly recommend to the experienced enthusiast. Begginer and intermediate level whisky geeks may miss (the point) that such finely balanced subtleties comprise this gem of a dram. Exquisite, rare, and elegant. Priced very well for the quality...I do wish it were cheaper in Oregon but I may buy more even at $71.25 a bottle...everything is more money here thanks to state liquor laws. Give her time, be patient with this one...you'll see the butterfly's wings emerge soon enough. :)
Tastings conducted using a vintage miniature tulip lead-crystal wine glass, made by Peill & Putzler, and a non-leaded average cheap tumbler, and a standard Glencairn glass. Price rated according to world market averages.