Colour: amber +2.
Nose: intense, vanilla, smoke, pepper, fruit sweetness, antiseptic, rubber, kelp, shellfish, brine, very similar to the 10 year old, it’s sweeter, it’s also edgier, probably quite a bit younger (might also be the strength), 10 year old is rounder and has more complexity, the two share lots of similarities though.
Taste: big, intense, full bodied, honey, sweet ripe tropical fruit, then ginger, black pepper, wet concrete, rubber, brine, peat, it’s rather drinkable even at 57%, adding a little water doesn’t change the profile too much, really enjoying this.
Finish: very long, copper, vanilla, dry oak, ginger, smoke.
Comments: very very good, it is a bit nervous and doesn’t quite have the polish of the 10 year old, when given a choice I’d probably take the 10, it’s still fantastic nevertheless, about 87 points.