Let's just start off by saying this is ludicrously drinkable. If the point of blended whisky is to make it that way -- more "accessible" if you will -- then this is a triumphant success. Nose is quite fruity, and despite the age and grain, malty. Palate is sweet but not too sweet, and fruity. There's caramel, some green notes, and a bready-ness. It also has none of the gaseous (read: slightly farty) aspects that the 12 and 18 have (although I like 'em there). A whisky that's so inoffensive, yet so likeable. If you like whisky, you cannot not like this. Obviously the problem here is the price... but one could argue that you get what you pay for. This is the best blended scotch whisky I've had to date.
Tastes like a low abv speysider with not much going on. Very balanced, round, sweet, and drinkable. No grain taste to be found. Begs the question: Why go through so much trouble to blend a whisky to taste like there's no grain in it? Why not just skip it? See Black Bull 30 for one that I think actually works.
n: more fruit on the nose, waxed tropical fruit mix, fresh meadow air.
t: soft and cohesive, everything comes together and has a nice white sugar glaze sweetness. Reminds me of lemon custard dusted with powdered sugar. Nice but so well balanced and put together nothing really resonates with me.