N: Straight away you notice its rich potency with clean, creamy, honeyed, grain malt sweetness commanding pole position, There’s a fine balance between spirit and cask and although its a youthful presentation its not immature. Other details include bubblegum sweetness, young varnish and bitter wood, Simple but excellent with a good bitter<sweet grain sweetness.
T: Lots of active grain and wood with the use of a vibrant bourbon cask clearly evident. Theres lots of cream vanilla and with water its almost a bourbon, and in particular Buffalo Trace single oak project. Very clean overall with a touch of waxy varnish [Osmo Polyx Oil]. Woody sweetness is the concurrent theme with a soft bitter vein running though it with chocolate and bourbon style fruit sweetness acting as a pivot.
F: Bitter, wood oils accompany the sweet, creamy, waxy vanilla notes, along with a bourbon fruits reprise. A subtle, sensitive and accommodating dram that allows for all the flavours to show through. Short finish of course but its no issue here.
C: Another simple grain but perfectly executed. Delightful nose, solid arrival with a sweet-bitter shift on the finish. Youthful but not immature grain with a true and consistent presentation overall. Didn’t need much water.
Scores a B