Nose: A little mute in the beginning... Chamomile tea, sage and linden flowers. Hay bales, spearmint leaves and clay soil. Adding a few drops of water adds: Stack of old newspapers in the basement, wet wool and cask aged genever. It's more approachable now.
Palate: Dry crunchy malt, breakfast cereals and unsweetened banana chips. Dusty and chalky... Just a couple drops of water makes it more enjoyable like it did on the nose and also thickens the texture. It's creamy and buttery now. Cream soda, cloves and star anise. That genever idea I came up with earlier is now stuck in my mind... Mostly because I love genevers but I certainly get it on the palate as well now. Sourdough bread, unsalted butter and lightly toasted oak. Red pepper flakes, cacao nibs and lightly roasted coffee beans.
Finish: Medium to long with cloves, cinnamon and star anise. This whisky is begging to be used in a hot toddy...
Overall: I enjoyed this one a little more than Dunbell Edition 1.1. It's spicy, herbal and feels like it benefited quite beautifully from the slightly lower percentage of new oak casks used in the vat again compared to Dunbell Edition 1.1. Thanks a lot to Glass Revolution Imports and Raj Sabharwal for providing the samples for these posts. Next one in the line will be Rutclogh Farm Edition 1.1.