N: Smells alright, all present and correct and all in all its not a bad start for a young grain. Theres good colour here and determined oak maturation has given plenty of creamy vanillas and a dollop of emulsion. its sweet, but fresh also, quite malty with tippex over copydex but more felt tip pens and some fruity scratch ’n’ sniff stickers. So far, no clangers although the maltiness is on the turn, sometimes hinting at cooked rabbit [but its just a passing thought really].
T: Thats some power and lots of chocolate too. Its a tough ask drinking this neat but adding water complicates matters - bringing lots of prickle and plastic bitterness, but there are rewards too - delicious blackberry bushes that flood the mouth, almost identical in vibrancy and clarity to the much troubled ‘blackberry Bladnoch’ WB. Journey wise, it rushes to the blackberry bush but then lingers a while. It works better neat if you’re prepared to sip it - fine with me. Another hint of rabbit does little to distract or detract.
F: Quite some mouthfeel for a youngen, subsiding some to wrap things up with chocolate, sour oak, bitter vanillas and felt-tips.
C: All in all, considering the fill level and the age of this grain in the first place, its not so bad but it is certainly unruly.
Scores a C-
[btl code 94-89]