N: Fresh cut red apples thats then candied and spiced! Damn this nose has a lot to offer. I also smelled candlewax, roses, potpourri, leather and mahagony.
P: Suprisingly the sherry notes are more resinous and darker than suggested on the nose.
F: Long tongue coating finish.... sherry
I added a few drops of water and that seem to open up the flavors on the palate a bit. But its just as good with or without water. This whisky just made me think of a christmas evening sitting in front of the fireplace.
At the meeting, I remember being entranced by this nose, thinking it was really cinnamony and raisiny. Taking a whiff again now, it reminds me why memory is so inexact. The nose is as awesome as I remember it -- but it's just so much more brightly alive then I recall, zesty almost, in a way that screams at you to drink it. Bright fruits, not the brooding, exclusively deep-n-dark type you'd expect for a 48yo 1st fill. A little coconut and of course oak.
The palate isn't as awesome as the nose, but that's not to say this isn't excellent whisky. 48 years of first-fill oak is definitely here, and it's very drying in the end. Yet I don't mind it. It's mildly sweet, and in line with that cinnamon-raisin nose. And really tasty.
Seeing Fuji's notes of what this makes him think of, I agree. My note to self when taking notes was: Save for a quiet, somewhat chilly night outside with friends. (I got me a 2nd bottle socked away!)
N: Lots of wood, leather, pine sap, mesquite, minty. P: Very extractive, purple tastes, chewy tea notes. Based on my limited tastings, Strathisla seems to take on wood very nicely, and this is no exception. F: Long and a bit sticky. Tannins.