C: Certainly there’s activate wood over subtle sherry, though it smells cask-balanced enough. Honeyed caramel, full-bodied, rich, less astringent though with similar fruitiness [apple etc,.] as the standard Glenfiddich 12yo, good travel, decent length finish.
Scores +/-85 provisional points at the distillery. Having a proper chance to try it later on around the [Whisky Lounge] dramming table, I find it thus:
N: Adding water promotes the lemon citrus qualities, but it’s a swampy blend-like start overall.
T: It really needs water but then doesn’t hold up when diluted, becoming spirity, sugary, and tangy.
F: Idiosyncratic of the Speyside style, it becomes more a putty-malt by the tail.
C: Tasting fabulous at the distillery, but far more innocuous in what one might call more conducive conditions over the next few days.