Color: Yellow gold.
Nose: Malted barley, freshly squeezed orange juice and lemon zest. Honey soap bar, bee wax and wet hay stack. Bitter greens, green almonds and green asparagus. Dried apricots and baby bananas. Young, malty and fruity. Very promising. Although I am not a fan of regional generalizations it really noses like a Lowland Single Malt now. Even just a few drops of water amplified all the citrusy aromas threefold. I kinda miss the honey and vegetal aromas. They got lost. You better skip adding water...
Palate: Pineapple slices, vanilla and lemon meringue pie. Granny Smith apples, white peaches and more barley waiting on the malting floor right after it got soaked in water. Sweet orange and buttered toast. Water didn't work very well on the palate as well. It thinned out the texture.
Finish: Where did this salt come from? Salty, just a little peppery with toasted oak and banana chips. Dry and medium long.
Overall: I like it... Absolutely nothing to complain about. I like how dominant the ex-bourbon cask notes are and I like how young and vibrant the whisky is. Perfect entry level dram for a distillery line-up and also fairly priced... It is a straight forward and honest dram, no gimmicks whatsoever. A good fit for ex-bourbon cask matured whisky lovers like myself. Thanks to Raj Sabharwal for the sample. Amrut Fusion coming next...