An incredible whisky, whisky of the year for me so far (which doesn’t sound like much as it’s only February but I’ve tasted quite a few already).
Nose - Flipping heck, this doesn't mess about. Refill hogshead and just 36 bottles! It's absolutely perfect. Deep toffee , polished old furniture and apple wood. This reminds me more of a big old Hanyu than a Scotch; lacquered, an orchard, cherry pipe tobacco, sandalwood. Absolutely, mind-bendingly beautiful. With water… more orange juice, better integrated cask. Still fabulous.
Body – Big, spicy toffee, tart-tatin, chewed oak planks, lemonade, orange slices and tobacco. A touch of acrylic and overheated PCB (in a good way) with water.
Finish - Long, very oily and full of wood polish. Liquorice imps and caraway seeds. Orange juice right at the end too.
This is a gigantic, beautiful and important whisky that swims very well. Quite the masterpiece.