Nose: Very unusual stuff! Needs some agitating before the nose really starts to come to the fore and i'd suggest avoiding a tumbler with this dram in order that you catch it. There's a sweet syrup note, maybe honey or jam, and there's something of the outdoors but I can't place it. Stables. Not shit! But work. It's very very compelling to me but that may be personal, unsure.
Mouth: Honey, herbs, spice, surprisingly impolite given the age, a certain lack of smoothness but not necessarily in a bad way. But there is, perhaps, a little too much alcohol - it doesn't evaporate the way I felt and hoped it would so it feels like there's something a little unreleased or undiscovered. May be just a little too sophisticated for my palette this, unsure. Dry body.
After: I get something oily, something on the bonfire that shouldn't be on it maybe. Behind that, some sort of sweet desert, maybe cheesecake.
Overall i'm a little disappointed with this dram. At around £300 a bottle this would need to be very, very special to recommend it and it isn't that. Good, but whisky just as good is available for less than a third of the price.
@Victor, I believe a rating influenced by value determination is an unduly biased score; price does not change the taste. Good is good, regardless of the price.
I'm not sure that the reviewer is suggesting the score would be higher if the price were lower. I think the suggestion is simply that this is a drinkable but not stellar whisky and that whisky of the same quality can be had at a lower price.
I could be wrong of course, but that was my take on it.
@paddockjudge EVERY rating based on subjective criteria is a BASED score. There is no unbiased score on Connosr.