...this is a fine and delicious dram for sure but it is not outstanding according to my taste buds. It is a good example to not blindly follow the "experts": If you go with Jim you might be disappointed and if you go with Serge you might miss a very delicate and affordable dram. So build your own taste and judgement about what you like (which means: drink a lot of different whiskies - that is what they are made for!)...
The colour is jonquiripe corn and the texture shows a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass that slowly builds tears with slow moving legs. The nose offers a sour-sweet sherry profile with red apples, oranges, plums, wet raisins and spicy wooden notes besides a touch of old vinegar. Not bold but nicely balanced and delicate - one to nose for quite a while to find all the different aromas. A fine but not an outstanding nose (I am neither with Jim nor with Serge here).
The taste is sweet and layered with a delicious milk chocolate flavour that is nicely chewable. I like that! Besides this there are a lot of additional aromas without any off-note.
The dram arrives a little hot and peppery on the palate but coats the whole of the mouth instantly. No bitter or drying moments. The finish is rather long and more spicy than the taste (white peppers). Some water releases more aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate and it takes away the minor peppery feeling. I like it best when reduced to about 40% abv.