...which seems to be a virgin oak maturation as the wood buries all the malt under its aggressive flavours. This is a classical "woodsky" which tastes more of liquid wood than of a malt whisky. Wood-heads might love this, which is okay. I am not a wood-head.
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a wood-driven modern style with the malt aromas in a walk-on role only. To be honest, my olfactory cells are not very pleased with these impressions and even after significant breathing time the malt does not dare to enter the spotlight. This smells rather like "wooden extracts in high-proof alcohol", and it is absolutely okay if you like it. I do not.
The taste is sugary sweet and wooden bitter, both quite extreme flavours. All other impressions hide cowardly in the background, afraid of being killed as soon as they enter the stage. This is what I call a "hit-and-run" dram where bold flavours hit the taste buds instantly but all others run away quickly. Not my kind of taste either.
The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery with a moderate coating effect and some bitter-drying moments from heavy tannins of the wood. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but turns increasingly bitter-astringent. The typical finish of a "woodsky". Some water turns the dram even more punchy-woody (I do not like this at all!) and even a bigger splash does not make a significant difference. Sorry, I do not like this extreme-wooden style.