I reviewed this whisky about a year ago from my personal bottle (83/100), it’s about half full since then. I was not fond of this whisky, mostly due to a burnt rubber note very prominent on the nose. Now I have a formal side by side with a sample of the original Spectrum. Let’s see how they compare.
N: Unfortunately there is still a very prominent, what I perceive as burnt plastic/rubber. I’m surprised others don’t note this, but I do see people say “burnt wet wood, meaty, cola, sandalwood”. Perhaps it is these notes, but to me it is an off putting burnt plastic note. Thankfully with time this note mellows. And you’re left with: blackberry, cola, plum, fig, leather and Worcestershire sauce. A massive nose.
P: Thick, dry, espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, black jujubes, mouthcoating, bergamot.
F: Dry, oak without spice, cocoa powder, long and slightly bitter.
Thoughts: The strong burnt rubber note is still present, water does not tame it. Only time mellows it. Past that the malt is very good. I like the palate and finish very much. I stand by my original score.