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.
Has a sweet fruity taste for a split second then seizes the tongue (even with water) and seems to strangle it, finally leaving the tongue vibrating like a bad note on a tuba. At a higher percentage this could be used in dentistry.
Kind of hot and plain, with noticeable aspects of light sweetness and a sort of sweet-cinnamon-spice. Finish is medium, very dry, with dry white wine. Water changes this and seems to improve it, mainly accentuating the sweet/apple/light spice while barely lowering the heat.
Oak and vanilla on the nose. Initially in the mouth it is VERY rich, oaky, and slightly floral. Lots of mouthfeel. This dissipates and then it just goes away, there's simply no finish to speak of. If the initial flavor didn't (completely) dissapear so quickly, I would have enjoyed this. As it is, pretty average.