Nose: That's the smell that hits you when you walk into the still room of a distillery during your tour.... Sweet, fruity and incredibly fresh. New make, unripe Concorde pears and green bananas. Allowing it to air dials down the new make on the nose to a minimum. Lightly brewed green tea, pencil eraser and oatmeal. A few drops of water helps the nose evolve. It's spicier and herbal now: Lemongrass, cilantro and caraway seeds. Tarragon, fines herbes mix and dried strawberries. Green wood and green foliage.
Palate: Very grain forward first: Green malt, steel cut oats and white pepper. Lightly toasted oak staves, party balloons and fresh ginger. It is a very young whisky without a doubt... After adding water: Sea salt, dried fish and seaweed. Water adds such a nice texture though... It's very creamy and thick now. Apple peel, cinnamon and more ginger. Green tea and lemongrass.
Finish: Long mostly with young alcohol burn but it changes drastically for better after adding some water: Ground coriander, white pepper and lemongrass.
Overall: The whisky is 3 years 9 months to start with... So, it is incredibly young and obviously not ready for prime time but it really surprised me by carrying a lot more details both on the nose and on the palate than I could ever expect from its age. I really liked the lemongrass and green tea notes... It has some qualities which can easily be associated with US craft spirits mostly because of its young age and the usage of high percentage of new oak casks but I think and I hope that we will be seeing less and less of these casks in future releases. It is kinda amazing that we will have the chance to watch very closely how each of their whiskies will evolve in years with every edition and that makes me quite excited. There I said it... Wasn't it the whole point behind all these edition numbers? Simply to hook you up..? I am in and they win... Next one I will be tasting will be another "single farm" whisky but this time from Dunmore farm. Thanks to Glass Revolution Imports and Raj Sabharwal for sending me these sample bottles with absolutely no strings attached.