64.56 - 64.58 - 64.61 - 64.67
N: Light green and light sweet - [silverskin] pickled onions, subtle candied notes and a husky/hessian mat/rug plonked on top. The oak is on active mode so could make for a bumpy ride.
T: … and certainly it needs plenty of water to restrain that cask strength. What translates is a loud Speyside performer with limited tricks. Even 50/50 water can’t tame this first fill.
F: The rawness dominates the subtler notes. Only the vanilla is tough enough to co-exist.
C: The whisky from this cask may well be improved on the 2nd fill as aside from the intensity, the character of the cask [similar to Noah’s Mill bourbon] isn’t bad at all.
Scores a D+