Glass: Classic Malt
oak / amber
Well polished old oak with a good hint of the (wax) polish
itself. After some minutes a faint antiseptic quality emerges,
also something a little oily, but not quite.
Palate: Lots of
aged oak with that hint of rich polish. In fact the polish
lingers into the finish. Also raisins and marzipan.
3 drops of water: The oak and polish become quite aromatic,
turning almost into a nuttiness.
Finish: Long with dark fruits and a certain nuttiness.
A rich and full-bodied whisky, but still quite hard to fully
determine: Recently polished, aromatically floral sherry cask
maybe? I need to revisit this one in a few days as thankfully I
have an extra sample. The cost of a full (70cl) bottle of this
has now reached crazy heights as it nears €800. Am I thankful
for samples? You bet!
Revisiting this whisky two weeks later:
Glass: Classic Malt / Colour, Nose & Palate: as above
4 drops of water: The nuttiness is definitely in evidence,
but there's also a richness which lends itself towards liquorice
which leads into the finish.
4 more drops of water: A little more polish on the nose and
also on the palate. This is far from unpleasant, but the
over-riding elements here are aged oak and good old-fashioned
wax furniture polish.
a further 4 drops of water: Alongside the polish on the nose
is a brand new car interior filled with luxurious leather. The
palate is extremely smooth and now has more nuts and dark fruits
(currants & raisins) to offer.
Finish: Long and intense on the roof of the mouth.
Overall Impression: Water definitely opens and improves this
whisky, but take care not to add too much!