Appearance: Reddish golden-orange. The wine barrel is clearly apparent.
Nose: Raisin, honey, vanilla, wine, citrus, light banana, bit of wood spice. Cinnamon. Still quite closed up. Nicely fruity though.
Palate: Sweet raisins, malt sugar, vanilla, caramel, orange, light banana, lots of cinnamon, cookies.
Finish: Honey, peppers, tannic wood, alcohol burn.
With Water: Slightly more wood spice in the nose. More citrus and esters. More cookies, less heat. A few drops are good.
Overall: Fruity, sweet and spicy. Not bad at all for a young whisky. Still quite hot. Body is not so impressive. Somewhat thin. It’s not bad value at MSRP, but definitely not worth the premium prices they ask.