Color: Pale yellow, straw-like color with thin but slow legs around the glass.
Nose: Dry warehouse, cardboard boxes and old newspapers. Banana chips, dried mango and dried papaya slices. Spearmint gums, cattle shed and hay bales. It's dusty, chalky and sweet... Touch of peat, more like campfire or burnt pine needles. Water opens it up beautifully, more floral now: Jonquils, hyacinths, milk chocolate and gummi bears.
Palate: Matches the nose pretty much: Pineapple juice, ripe mangoes and Golden Delicious apples. Unripe bananas, ground white pepper and dry soot. A few drops of water bitter the whisky a little and highlight the peat: Charcoal, cracked red peppercorns and dried tropical fruits again.
Finish: Long with red pepper flakes, dried mango slices and ash.
Overall: Brilliant whisky... It was a winner back then, it is a winner now. Textbook ex-bourbon cask maturation. I have to admit that I am extremely bummed that we couldn't attend the Campbeltown Malts Festival this year. I miss the town, I miss my friends and I miss the fun... Well, all I can say is "Cannot wait till next May..! See you all there again..."