Color: Orange blossom honey, medium amber with sharp, clean and slow legs all around the glass.
Nose: Wet cardboards, old rubber diving masks and roasted pine nuts. Honey sesame seed brittles, birch beer, oozing burnt caramel and burnt plastic. Wormwood, allspice and Amaro Ramazzotti... Adding water makes the nose drier: Chalk, powdered latex gloves and dry hay.
Palate: Dr. Pepper, ginseng roots and licorice... Dry tobacco, over-brewed black tea and old newspapers. Bone-dry, dusty and earthy. Water brings up even more black tea. Black soil, dry mushrooms and dried strawberries. Cooked Zante currants, sour cherry juice and cumin and tarragon leaves.
Finish: Medium long with cumin, dry old wood and Coca-Cola.
Overall: It is a very intriguing cask indeed... My mind kept suggesting different kind of spirits and liquors other than Scotch throughout the whole tasting process... The nose and the palate carry all kind of far eastern references like black tea leaves, fresh and dry spices and dried fruits. It is herbal and bitter like an Italian Amaro... Nevertheless it is a very entertaining and enjoyable bottling for sure.