Light straw yellow in colour.
A fairly strong but light tropical vanilla nose, sweet and doughy with malty notes.
The age works nicely, it hits just the right part of your tongue and is warm to hot and spicy with a great mouth feel coating. A touch of water may be needed here. There are slight cardboard notes at the back of the palate, soon however replaced with the tropical fruity notes that you often find in bourbon matured whisky.
The finish is fairly long with slight sour notes lingering for a while.
A drop of water helps to bring out sweeter notes, to the benefit of the dram.
Overall a reasonably satisfying and slightly challenging dram.
The distillery 15yo is an excellent dram and sadly this doesn’t quite out do it in my opinion.