The Rare Malts are a limited-edition series by Diageo to showcase some of the whiskies they own from now-defunct distilleries. This line was discontinued in 2005, taken over by Diageo's "Special Release" bottlings, but bottles are still around as of spring 2008.
N: Orange custard, vanilla, nectary. P: Malt and light smoke, big flavor but very round on the edges, one dimensional, almost like a blend. P: Syrupy with some spicy notes. From a uniqueness standpoint, not much to say, but I found myself really enjoying this by the end of the glass.
Cask-strength sherried-aspects of flavor, quite tasty, though hot. Water in good amounts doesn't change much, except of course you've got extra whisky to drink. When enough water is added to put the fire out satisfactorily, a sort of rubber emerges that doesn't help. Finish is kind of long but mostly alcoholic. A tasty, enjoyable, but notably flawed whisky, though if you want a bit of pain the flaws are tolerable and perhaps welcome.