N: Citrus and oak. P: Reminds me of licking the frosting off the wood kitchen spoon my Mom used when making cakes. First you get the sweetness, but after you've cleared off the frosting you start to get that bitter wood taste. F: Same continues in the finish. I think the tannic wood notes are a bit much, I'd be interested to know what 3 or 6 months in the new French Oak tastes like.
Hmmm....not really sure if this needed additional vanilla added at the end of its career.... The citrus hints were interesting so it made it different, which is what I suppose they are going for....Probably not worth the extra cash over the 12 year.
n: honey, angel food cake with hard frosting. Slight citrus and green apples with a touch of cinnamon.
t: Starts thin and sweet with orange glaze frosting. In the middle it turns to green grass and some notes of spice appear. Finishes dry oak with vanilla and black tea.
I compared the current release (clear bottle) to the previous release (green bottle) and found the green bottle to have more flavour and depth. The differences were subtle, but side-by-side it is apparent that the casks they are currently using don't have as much influence on the spirit.