Nose: interesting, complex and quite sweet. Fruity and spicy. Apple, malt and a distant hint of smoke. Colacubes, sour cola candy and other woody spicy notes. Quite estery, with minty medicinal notes. There’s also a distant floral note to it that I really like, and that reminds me of Imperial a lot.
With time: more sweet creamy notes. Clear notes of custard and semolina pudding. Also more vanilla.
Mouth: sweet and quite hot. Malty. Also quite tannic and drying. The palate has a roughness to it that reminds me a lot of Deanston Virgin Oak and Glenglassaugh Revival, both of which I don’t really like. Misses the complexity of the nose. It somehow reminds me of a good blend: it’s almost as if there’s some grain whisky North British.
Finish: surprisingly short. Woody, malty, with bitter notes, and a bit of heat. A bit dull.