After tasting this quite a bit over a long period of time, I've grown to like it more. It's a very tame number, with mainly big fruits and floral stuff going on. The finish is too woody and eventually hurts the return glass. But I do enjoy it. B-/B See old review below for how my tastes seem to have changed (Or did it change that much in the open bottle? To note, I am rather obsessive about using Private Preserve in all of my whiskies.)
[Old Notes] Mr. McEwan, I'm not sure I understand what you were going for here. I mean it's not bad. It's just not that good. Very straightforward, with a very mild sweetness and woodyness. A dry, bitter finish. Not a lot to say about this one, there's just not much going on. Puzzling. C+
Per my previous recollection I thought Mr. Herz was being harsh although I was never truly blown away. On a re-taste, I thought the nose has a nice wood-in-a-damp-cellar air to it. Unfortunately Mr. Herz was correct elsewhere. This malt was weak and fleeting. There was an interesting sweet to bitter transition with a hint of what the nose covered, but the whole experience lasted one second and reminded me of scotch watered down to 20%. Why this is highly rated I don't know. Perhaps the other reviewers like weak scotch. Drop any digit from the price and you'll have what I think it's worth.