It is a little bit flat on the palate at first with some bitterness but then a wave of orange and cake come along but it is also a little rough/harsh but not actually to the detriment of the overall profile.
It then gets sweeter on various stewed fruits and seems to increase in power with a spicy aspect.
As the time goes by this improves, the bitterness goes and there is a nice fruit/peat/spicy combo.
The finish is not too long but its pleasant and the spice remains to the end.
This is one of those whiskies that on first impression it gives a false reading as I had this at 82 to start with but give it time in the glass and it develops nicely
Anyone who says 40% whisky has no power needs to try something like this and compared to the rubbish 40% Nas of today there really is no comparison.
The old Black/brown/map label CC bottles are always worth a view IMHO.