Color: Light to medium amber, clover honey color with persistent, thick and oily legs.
Nose: Roasted sesame seeds, roasted almonds and boiled peanuts. Nutmeg and ground cloves. Cocoa powder, bell peppers and aloe vera. After letting it air for a few minutes sweeter aromas take over vegetal ones: Vanilla, frosting, cupcakes and milk chocolate....
Palate: A little thin compared to other recent Paul John releases and also to older Christmas Editions. Just a subtle hint of peat: Burnt ends, charcoal and tangy barbecue sauce. Fresh apricots, raspberries and stainless steel flasks. Again after airing a couple of minutes it gets sweeter and creamy: Cream soda, canned pineapple rings and clotted cream. White pepper and ground coriander.
Finish: Medium long with ground white and green pepper, coriander and sweetened heavy cream.
Overall: This is a dangerously easy drinking whisky... Bring a bottle to your family's Christmas Party and I guarantee that you will not find a drop in that bottle in the end of the night. It is immensely enjoyable and would pair perfectly well with any dessert you can think of. I particularly loved the creaminess virgin oak casks added to the palate and also the subtle, barely detectable but very tasty peat. I am definitely getting a bottle when released. Cannot wait... Many thanks to Koray Kaan Özdemir a.k.a. Whisky Monster filling this sample bottle from his own limited supply and sending my way for this review.