To be honest, my taste did not change and still I do not like these full oak-driven bourbon style whiskies/whiskeys... Too bad that many Scottish distilleries have to go for this profile too (simply out of despair due to the cask shortage crisis in the actual whiskey boom phase). Nevertheless I know and acknowledge there is a growing number of bourbon whiskey lovers and that is great (as it increases my chances to get a good Scotch at a reasonable price in the future...just joking!).
The colour is tawny and the texture shows early and quite fast legs and a few late tears only. The nose is typically bourbonish with tons of oak-driven flavours and very little sweet wine aromas only - sorry, but this not my style! Nevertheless for a bourbon whiskey this is not too bad...
The taste is on a nice combo of bourbon and wine flavours that are heavily contained by strong wooden notes. That is exactly why most people love bourbon whiskey "on the rocks" (you know, cooling kills most of the flavours - just try a red wine out of the refrigerator and you will know what I mean).
It arrives in the mouth warming but not coating and with significant drying-astringent moments (tannins, cardboardy, papers). No, still I do not like that! The finish is long and very woody again but shows a nice sweet winey aftertaste. Water smoothes both the nose and taste and makes this dram much more accessible (2 points up).