Nose of... umm.... hay? Trace of white pepper and graham cracker? Palate is a spicy number with a slight "ooh" factor. And after time, wow, this opens up in to great whisky. Rich and spicy, just enough kick to make me happy without being overwhelmed. Walnuts, almonds, cayenne, big vanilla. Finish is a very long fade.
But as this continues to open up and aerate, the wood gets too prominent and bitter. So the key with this whisky is to drink it in that "middle time period" of opening-up. Whatever that's called. Oh, it's not called anything? Well it is now: I'm officially calling it the "mittezeit," which arguably could mean "middle period" in German. 'Cause everything sounds cooler in German.
Oh, no kidding, this is Macallan?! Hmm. Well, okay now I can see some similarities with the Fine Oak range, but none of those approach the spicy idiosyncrasies in here.
B/B+ for the mittezeit. Don't let it sit too long.