[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・Pure Scot Bottling・General Release]
Unpolished wood leads the nose perhaps as intended. Artificial vanilla, thick cream and popcorn with a hint of vegetative note. It grows quite leathery with insignificant traces of dirty smoke.
Palate & Finish:
Quite new make-y, green spirit covered with a thin brush of vanilla and pepper. The oak fare somewhat lustreless.
Just slightly smoky on the back end with some sweetness coming through.
It is perhaps naive to think that giving the stocks a finishing treatment will automatically transform them into a good blend..
In saying that, the Virgin Oak 43 is certainly more interesting than the ordinary Pure Scot, and again batches should improve in time..