...and this is a modern wood-driven whisky with a strong spicy-herbal profile. It is not bad at all and lovers of that genre will like it - but my taste buds prefer rather distillate-driven and balanced drams (the Traditional Scotch style).
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a spicy-herbal-waxy profile that is interesting to sniff but not my favourite aromas mix, unfortunately (missing the sweeter notes). This is definitely a modern wood-driven style where the distillate character plays a minor role only.
The taste is sweeter than the nose with some fruits, bubble-gum, sugars and bitter cocoa flavours. Later the spices and herbs take over and turn the taste bitter again. No, this is not balanced at all - but it is not bad either. Water releases more oily and mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste and finish much more spicier (chili, white pepper) while the bitter herbs retreat from the stage. A further reduction flattens the dram and I like it best somewhat reduced to about 46% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is warming but not much coating with a minor drying moment (old papers). The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions. The drying feeling of the initial mouthfeel starts a comeback during the finish.