N: I added water immediately. Its screaming of estery, peaty, ethanol. Lots of vibrant and active oak, hazelnuts, pistachios, floral soap, seaside mineral. More water added and theres lots more oak and malt, raspberries and black currants - charmingly sweet [not medicinal] with vanilla and a fresh, malty, grassy, hay mustiness. Also - witch-hazel, mild sour lemons and more meadows.
T: Licourice oak and quite oily but fruity with it - bourbon & wood oils: 2-stroke oil, a touch of acute olive oil and blackcurrant lozenges. With water - its big on flavour, fruity and malty, oaky too but not incredibly detailed. Gets hot even once doused with water.
F: Turning malty and buttery with lots of zingy oak. Good balance here with a fading finish to a vodka like nothingness,
Now at a 50/50 water to whisky ratio, lets see:
Nice mouthfeel, more integrated taste profile, creamier, oilier, more buttery. Oaky, sweet lemon and bourbon fruits. The heat is reduced but theres still a bite. Finishes with that fresh Vodka with grain and oaky fruits lingering. Theres a sweet tannic nature throughout.
C: A harshness presides over this bottling and it doesn’t feel complete bottled at cask strength. This could do with some careful management to finish its presentation. Cask strength can be a whisky’s making and sometimes to its detriment.
Scores a C+