Nose: more fruity than its predecessor with many bright fruits (apricot, pear and mirabelle), malty sweetness, vanilla, caramel, the 59% are clearly noticeable (help some time in the glass), with time, the oak becomes clearer - slightly acidic Wine notes and spicy wood. Water brings the vanilla and caramel more prominently into the foreground. I like the nose better.
Taste: intense and warm, a lot of malt and peppery oak, sweet fruit salad with custard, These aromas are also part of the long finish, which is then clearly dominated by the oak (milk chocolate and wood shavings). Not quite as heavily woody but less complex on the finish than its predecessor. But rounder and creamier with more length. Is probably the form of the day which of the two I like more here.
Like its predecessor, taking time in the glass but rewarding a tremendous amount. The nose is a dream. The start even with water too hard but once you get used to it you discover more and more. The finish is damn long and tasty. That's why I like it here a bit better than its predecessor and is a really great whisky!