Though this charming bottle claims American oak aging, it’s all Speyside sweetness on the nose - and with that lovely untamed fruitiness that brings one back to this region, like gooseberries and green apples. This is discovering an unknown Speyside all over again, a Speyburn or a Singleton, a tart, pinching, honey-and-vanilla dram. With a coating of it on my tongue, my initial impressions are simple: beer-barliness, almost a grassiness, a honeyed sweetness. There is also a bitter burning. This may be one of those unruly whiskies that needs a little while in the glass before it is tamed. Further tasting demonstrates that the bitterness does indeed “burn off” with time in the glass, a phenomenon I have noted a few times in the past. It becomes richly fruity, a peach jam or a marmalade on the tongue. With a sticker price the same as far worse whiskies, this is an excellent value and a pretty-looking bottle to boot.