On the nose: Rich! Leather, dust, raisins, dates, marzipan, dark chocolate, orange peel, burnt wood, cocoa.. loads of cocoa, actually! Some oil paint in the background. More caramel and sweet, fortified wine with water. Less dust.
On the palate: Sherry and dust! Pitch black chocolate and some dates. More viscosity with water, a bit sweeter. Hints of salt that reminds me a bit bacon. Baconwrapped dates, maybe? Also getting a tiny hint of smoke/burnt wood in the background. More of this in the finish.. sweet burnt oak and coffee beans.
Hmm, very good stuff! What’s keeping it from being a 90+ whisky is hard to say. It lacks a bit of that extra depth, if that makes sense… But nonetheless, this is fantastic stuff.
88 – 89/100 points