Nose: some similarities with the OB (barley sugar, light honey) but the rest is rather more on fresh fruits, vanilla, wax and herbs. Ripe apples, not-too-ripe bananas, fresh mint leaves, hints of almond oil, marzipan and something faintly coastal (sea air). Not a wham-bam old Bunnahabhain, it seems that the cask wasn’t too active, but it’s all very elegant and rather subtle. Whispering aromas… Gets then a little grassier.
Mouth: exactly the same differences with the OB. More fresh fruits, more liveliness, maybe a little less complexity. Sweet cider (genuine cider from a farm, not the junk that one can sometimes find in some supermarkets) and creamy vanilla sauce. A little liquorice. Some guavas and papayas as well. It’s all very good.
Finish: long and coating, juicy, vanilled, sweet and fruity. It’s almost confectionary!
Comments: maybe not mindboggling but all good. It’s also half the price of the official 25 – but certainly not half the points. Actually, it scores the same on my scale. SGP:541 - 87 points.