Not a bad whisky, but also not very compelling. This is a hot whisky no matter how much water you add. Very one dimensional, with not much in the way of flavor development over time, or with increasing amount of water. If I were to have a whole bottle of this, and I have to pay over $150, I probably wouldn't be very thrilled. To be honest, I probably gave this an extra point or two because it's a closed distillery, and I'm a whisky romantic.
Burns the hair on my nostrils, as expected... a bit of Clorox, which is unfortunate, and the nose is definitely very closed.
Very warming, malty, unripe pears, vanilla, a bit grassy, very hot, but also quite balanced... let's not mess around, where's the water? With a bit of H2O, aloe, green apples, grassy, and guess what, still very hot. Where's the water again?!? I do want to say that with enough water, I actually can taste a bit of lagavulin peat in this, but it could also be my imagination.
As I said before, this is actually quite balanced despite its strength. Finish is long, but it doesn't really matter -- I would score this the same even if it's short. It just doesn't give me any wow.