N: Beholds that moorish profile that befits only well-aged bourbon casks, a style held together by a floury>chalky, sweet>sour, firm dunnage-y>honeyed<porridge and floral<vanilla profile. Periphery notes include lime-cream, two wild strawberries and a touch of rubbery beeswax/linseed oil. Ideal start.
T: Add water or you’ll be facing an astringent sweet-to-sour, dry citrus, oat-dunnage arrival, a body more in tune with a current-modern, cask strength [SMWS] style. I can’t quite tame it however much I try. Get the water about right however to receive more of an oily honey/nectar-led delivery - one I loosely associated with Tokaji or Sauternes dessert wines, albeit with a deep dry sour and more of that moorish dry chalky/floury profile. It's accompanied by some subtle yet persistent peppery/chilli action positioned well in the background. Glen Moray-esque at times.
F: Light sour>putrid creamy>vanilla porridge with a coppery/metallic edge and dried mushroom finish. Stretches out nonchalantly, slightly ashy/mushroomy with clean light sour oat cream. The dunnage-y porridge>ashy clay eventually permeates/dominates the finish.
C: At times it’s frustratingly straight/plain/vanilla coupled with a nagging astringency, and there’s no change after a few months of air time. At other times it really sails. It remains however a very decent whisky, it's just never that relaxed. Scores one less point than my first contact though the nose carries much of that. Still in stock at time of writing - you know where!Scores a B