This was an exclusively Asian bottling that sold for under $40... until Jim Murray gave it 97 points and Best World Whiskey award in his 2007 bible. Now it's exported to UK specialty retailers, and of course is more expensive.
Basically average and unremarkable -- kind of a nondescript fruity quality, slightly spicy, with a tinge of something smokey. But there's enough over-spiritous alcohol-y characteristics to dampen my enthusiasm. It's fine-to-middling, and I have absolutely no idea what the hell Jim Murray is talking about.
The nose is kinda like Chivas, but a little more fruit. Palate is full and fruity, perfectly alright for a inexpensive blend, but perfectly mystifying compared to Jim Murray's 97 rating. Finish is medium length and sugary.