Nose (undiluted): sherry-colored, earthy, leathery-musty. Below sweet fruit, towards apricot and plum jam. Creamy, buttery. Not old, but definitely not too young. Much softer and more velvety than the 65.8% (!) Expect, only a minimal alcohol sting. Also has a yeasty-fermented component, known for example from Tomatin, Deanston, Tomintoul and Glenfarclas. Due to the rumor mill, I try to identify the flavor as that of a young Glenfarclas, but am not one hundred percent sure, perhaps because this seems rather juicy and first-fill-heavy and the refill character / woody of the GF standard range is missing. Could but get there.
Taste (undiluted): Oha, there they are, the 65.8 percent! Fiery, sweet, juicy, strong. In the finish, spicy notes (carnation, cardamom, nutmeg) and the memory of Big Red chewing gum.
Nose (with water): The addition of water releases caramel (in raw amounts) and citrus flavors (ripe orange) as well as a few floral notes (the orange blossom). The whole thing is set, gentler, more like a "classic" (or say conventional) Scotch. Reminds me more of Aberlour or Tamdhu than Glenfarclas.
Taste (with water): now that the fire of the brand is not extinguished, but yet tamed, one perceives more sherry flavors, quite high quality, deep and dry (not too "modern"). Nutty-buttery, like a nut nougat croissant garnished with hazelnut splitters. Very harmonious combination of barley malt and sherry character. In spite of the dilution still fiery; on the tongue the journeyman can not completely hide his youth. But he does not have, the juicy and full first-fill Flavor speaks and stands for itself.
Conclusion: Who expects complex wood maturing flavors, is out of place here; If you are looking for a sparkling, strong, full of character and taste-intensive sherry cask whisky at an honest price, you will find it. Sympathetic thing, despite lack of age no sham.