Eye / nose: The malt has a more brandy-typical, brownish color. In order to get all facets out of the CV 20, I poured it into the Classic Malt Nosingglass in parallel and into a Bruichladdich Tumbler in parallel. Well tempered and with calm I want to enjoy it. What follows is a little disappointment. Why? After 8 years of maturing in a French wine barrel, I had imagined and hoped for an intense, wine-laden nose. Wrong thought. In the Tumbler the Malt loses itself completely, only with a lot of patience is something to be assigned at all. The quick grip to the Nosing glass helps a bit. In the nose, the previous brandy impression continues, almost a little "perfume-like" Valinch now works. With time and more oxygen, the impression changes a bit. Fresh mint triggers, if still restrained, the brandy note. The freshness I feel as pleasant. Is that spearmint, a chewing gum association, as I sometimes have? Hmmmh ... hard to match. Okay, that from the Laddie Brennereicharakter after 26 years barrel storage rudiments are left, I had expected. But, where is the 18-year-old vanilla bourbon cask storage? Where the fruit notes of the Weinreifung. Not a convincing start - but whisky is a drink. How does he taste now? Palate: Mildly it spreads in the mouth. Gently. So gentle that I briefly think about spitting out the alcohol content. I do not really realize 50.6% ABV. Even with a lot of time, I find no right access, unfortunately. Since it was the Valinch for 'The Budgie' and the malt has aged at least 26 years, I reckoned with a big litter and now I'm a little disappointed. The whisky looks almost a bit lax and not quite harmonious to me. It's as if certain maturing elements are canceling each other instead of complementing each other, as some of the other finite Laddie Valinch single casks have done so well. Sure, he has a certain sweetness, and he does not taste bad at first, but he does not look extraordinarily self-sufficient and strong in character in a positive way to me. Just before the finish, there are even a few "dirty" notes that I did not expect. At least I did not have that in the form of Laddie. From the basic character a little bit (!) Like a Campbeltown distillate. Glen Scotia comes to mind. Maybe that's the best way to do it. Finish / Conclusion: The reverberation continues the previous impressions seamlessly. Again, no real miss notes, no exuberant bitterness. Some oak spice takes over from the last unspecific sweetness. The really only slight bitterness of the oak provides the result for a rather short finish that somehow fits the overall impression of the malt. Well, he did not really convince me 100%. Not bad but just IMHO not a real hit. The original bourbon barrel may already have been a little tired and even the revitalization with the wine barrel has probably not quite so much in the truest sense of the word.