T: Perceptively stronger and more peppery than the Balblair but just as natural. It's a tad rougher round the edges initially but with a tad more talkative oak. Still there's some sourness, albeit a less astringent savoury-sour - but there's not much in it. After time, those rubbery/burned [from distillation?] notes come to the fore with a slightly waxy mouthfeel.
F: More mash notes and again a nice mouthfeel, one that got better and better - more oily as the minutes ticked by.
C: Like the Balblair, a natural, young, mashy dram in the early stages of maturity. Not much between these two in many ways, and despite the Balblair's more desirable delivery, this one has the edge overall. It settles so well and becomes 'ready' in its own right. Once i’d ‘got it’, it was consistent continually revisiting, and it's familiarity made me smile. Improved with time and established itself firmly. First impressions count for a lot but it was worth coming back to this time and time again. I initially scored this as an 81!
Scores a C+