This is a fine modern whisky with significant wood impact but a rich and tasty distillate too. Easy to drink and (most probably) enjoyable for both old style and modern whisky lovers...
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a rich fruity profile with over-ripe bananas, apples, pineapples and many more. Fine spices keep the sweetness under control, later the wood helps with bitter notes. Not too bad...
The taste is very sweet on fruits, sugars, honeys and whatever else is sweet in a whisky... But again the spices and woods counter this greatly creating a back and forth of sweet and bitter-hot flavours that is interesting to follow (and enjoyable).
The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with some peppery moments due to the high proof. The finish is long and turns more bitter (herbs and tannins at work), a little too much according to my taste buds. Water releases waxy aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother, intermingling the sweet and bitter notes somewhat. I like to explore this dram neat but prefer to drink it somewhat reduced afterwards.