Bottle has been open about 6 weeks. Is 2/3 full and diminishing fast! This likes a little water imo. Not too much. 1/2 a teaspoon in a 50ml pour.
Some sherry notes. Dried fruits, Orange flavoured boiled sweets, hot chocolate, bees wax, green apples. Something that I couldn't place and then it just came to me, I get a whiff of this instant porridge my mum would sometimes buy when I was a kid growing up in the 80s. The porridge was horrible but it smelled really nice and creamy. Don't you love it when a smell from a whisky transports you somewhere you'd long forgotten!. Really lovely nose.
It's not as sweet on the palate as it is on the nose. Initially salty and dry then ginger biscuits, flapjacks, pear drops, digestive biscuits, (just biscuits generally). Quite a thin mouthfeel but it fills the mouth with flavour.
Finish is long and sour, with some tannins.
This is a great whisky. A real interesting characterful highlander.
Reminds me of the Ben Nevis 10 a bit, but more sophisticated.
It's a toss up between this and the Springbank 15 for my favourite new whisky I've had this year.