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Got this in HK at the duty free. Exclusive to travel retail.
Nose gives off a lot of alcohol smell even only at 40% abv. Also pear and apple.
On the palate, it starts off with fruit. Pear and apple. But it's bitter, green fruit. Not ripe at all. Like, a green baby pear and a granny smith apple. The alcohol is not masked well. Many cask strength whisky's do a better job. It seems more spirity than scotchy.
Finish is medium, drying and smokey. Not a bad finish.
Overall, since this is NAS, I think it would be better if we gave it a few more years. It's not terrible, but meh. The 12yo is far and away better.