Colour: The colour of the 5th is one shade darker at yellow gold than the 7th that is old gold. The texture of the 7th shows a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass that very slowly transforms into sticky fat tears that very slowly build legs (this is a great oiliness!). The 5th shows many small sticky tears at the top of the glass that slowly consolidate into bigger tears with very slow moving legs (a very good oiliness, too).
Nose: The 5th offers an adorable honey-sweet and maritime-peaty profile with lots of different aromas in a superb balance. The 7th is much more shy on the nose on a comparable profile that shows some more floral and fruity aromas. The nose of the 5th gets more shy after a while too, so both are best nosed immediately after opening the bottle. I like the 5th a little better than the 7th.
Initial mouthfeel: The 7th arrives bold and immediately mouth-coating on the palate with some (rather nice) peppery moments. The 5th has a warming and coating mouthfeel too but this is a little less than the 7th. This round takes the 7th.
Taste: The 7th offers a rich and unbelievable complex flavours profile that is truly multi-layered. The 5th owns about the same complexity of aromas on the palate and rolls in different waves over the tastebuds, too. No flaws or off-notes that I can detect in both drams. I go for a draw.
Finish: Both have a very long finish with no bitter or drying notes at all. The 5th is quite sweet on honey flavours surrounded by peaty and spicy aromas. The finish of the 7th offers more floral-herbal aromas that nicely join in the overall complex flavours mix that still is greatly balanced and harmonic. Both drams literally stick to the throat and provide a long-lasting tasting experience. Again I like the 7th a little bit more but with some water added the 5th catches up to be on par with the 7th.
Water is not needed on the 7th as it turns the dram flatter and releases minor drying moments (papers) so I like it best when neat. The 5th impoves on some water added and releases more floral-herbal aromas in the nose and some nice chocolatey flavours in the finish, too. This one I like better when reduced to about 46% abv.
Two great and absolutely adorable drams that force me NOT to join the (Jamaica) rum coalition and keep faith with my beloved scotch whisky.