Second attempt at the same bottle as below:
N: First up is a malt I’d actually tried before at Whisky Squad’s infamous 2018 Christmas Party [WLP85]. My notes then were understandably brief. And indeed, this does seem incredibly familiar, smells strong, contemporary > yeasty & < resinous with a savoury-sweet coffey-toffee malt profile that soon turns to sweet glazed fruits [apples and tinned peaches], with vanilla cream and later, citrus < custard.
T: This is a fine dram. A touch of water reveals a tasty-resinous bourbon-oaky, succulent and rounded barley-fruity number with a fair number of years on the clock – say 15? Also of note is a glossy/varnished mouth coating with dryish/husky fruit oils,…
F: ,…. laced with a desirable vibrant sour note that stays with the sustaining savoury-sweet fruity barley profile. Frankly, it stays perky right through.
C: Let’s guess a 15yo Balvenie [though it could be any number of Speysiders > Highlanders], bourbon-matured at 50+abv.