Nose is equal parts bright fruits and clean smoke. Pinot Grigio. Palate delivers orangey/citrus stuff, good caramel, and that clean, HP trademark smoke. Medium sweet initially, honey-sweet. Gets a little peppery in the finish. Salty tinges linger in my mouth too. I think I prefer it to HP 18, which it shares a lot in common with... but it's like the sweetness got turned down a little bit, and everything else got turned up. This is excellent whisky!
n: apple sauce (green apple, slight tart, + cinnamon). Wet grass smouldering smoke, oak cabinet, with a lot of wine sweetness. Sea salt and butterscotch with soft citrus zest.
t: hard toffee, nice oak, and pine sap from a forest fire. Starts clean and semi-sweet with an oily clove taste and still full of green apples. The middle turns salty and smoky with all-spice and white pepper. This is like liquid Apfelstrudel. [high B+/A-]