A 'complementary' view...
Appearance: Full gold with a touch of amber.
Nose: Orange peel, spring grasses and a raindrop's worth of honey interwoven with filaments of oak.
Palate: Sensations of fresh Jalapeño, bell pepper, lemon fruit pastilles and rice cakes kick matters off. The flavours are framed by intense input from the oak, though this latter aspect exhibits a surprisingly silky nature. Despite the pronounced wood thrust, the sweetness of the malt is so intense as to effectively wrap itself around the cask influence.
Finish: The sweetness possesses a decided fruit quality, with a late burst of strawberries, light cream and vanilla leading to a warm and slightly resin-like finish.
Comment: From start to finish, enlivening hints of mint alight just about everywhere. Refreshing and satiating, this malt works well both straight-up and with the addition of a small quantity of water. Finely tuned given its age, and certainly worthy of another pour.
Perspective: Does this malt represent the 'ne-plus-ultra' of Scotch whiskies? No. Is it an excellent pour nonetheless? Yes.