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Nose #1: Strangely, right after first pour, a whiff of stale next-day beer: That can't be right! Let's let it breath-- Good, it subsides.
Nose #2: Then anise comes in, as a tingly oak spice. (I think this is what some call pine.) Straw and heather develop, and the anise is joined by nutmeg. I was anticipating allspice or honey, but it is suprisingly not sweet-smelling to that extent; if you look for it you can maybe discern some apricot syrup. But mostly that nutmeg and anise...
Palate: Oaky nutmeg and vanilla is the opening theme; then turning into wood...; and then that wood becomes a crate containing green apples.
Finish: Light in flavor, but lingering with green apple peel faint nutmeg.
The Double Wood is light and drinkable, an ok starter Scotch. For this kind of expression, a little more sweetness (which I had anticipated from reputation) could balance the spices. Other Scotches of similar class do this better: the Auchentoshan 12 and Glengoyne 17 mellow out more quickly with more toffee, and the Auchentoshan Select provides the apple character without any spicy bitterness.
The character of this whisky reminds me most strongly of the Isle of Jura 10, which I think is preferable. The Balvenie has just a little less of the Jura's "funny nose", but the Jura has a more balanced palate. Finally, for anyone perusing these shades of Scotch, I would point to the Auchentoshan Three Wood.