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This is the bottle that started it all for me. A taste of this stuff was a revelation of how powerful and complex a whiskey can be.
Nose: very distinctive. Smoky and sweet, almost perfumed, with lots of charred wood. I've always found a hint of new leather in the aroma as well. Incredibly complex and bold.
Taste: big, full-bodied, with a huge spicy kick. Water softens the spices and allows a creamy malt-driven sweetness to emerge. But the predominant characteristic is still woodsmoke and charred logs.
Finish: very long. Once again the oak dominates. A pleasant fade which is consistent with all the flavours.
Balance: many years after first encountering this distinctive bottle, I find myself enjoying it every bit as much if not more than before. Some might find the oakiness overpowering. In any case this is a whiskey that which doesn't hold anything back. Great value and a fantastic pour overall.