...and it is the missing link between the fruity-complex 2014/15 editions and the more peaty-straightforward 2017/18 releases (at least in the nose). But it owns a somewhat strange chemical off-note in both taste and finish that I do not like (and I am not sure if this is genuine or if just the sample was spoiled, so take my rating with caution). If I come across a further sample I will check this...
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a fruity-peaty profile that is both complex and delicious. It turns more bitter-earthy-chalky upon breathing and adds a lot of different aromas over time. Yes, this is exactly in-between the profiles of 2014/15 and 2017/18. Very interesting to experience this slowly profile change over the course of five years.
The taste is a little bitter-chemical and I am not sure if this is genuine or a flaw of the sample. If it is genuine than this is the weakest taste of all the five editions (still on a high level). It is complex and interesting to explore but it is not as quaffable. Water strengthens the chalky-mineral notes in the nose and this strange chemical off-note in both taste and finish. I like the neat dram best.
The initial mouthfeel is warming but not as much coating as the older releases. A minor dryness pops up but this is not distracting. The finish is medium to long and it turns even more to this bitter-drying slightly chemical side that remnds me of detergent or cleansing products (which is weird). This is not really a flaw but it is clearly an unpleasant off-note to my taste buds.