Nosing from the bottle, I get an initial hit of malt funk, which is something I typically don't like about Highland single malts. There is also a subtle oak note from the casks, and a deeply hidden salty brine. The nose changed completely for me when the whisky was poured into a glass. The malt funk takes a backseat, and notes of fresh pear and other sweet fruits take over. Very briefly, I got a hint of graham cracker. The alcohol isn't strong at all. I can put this whisky right up to my nose, and there is no kick back whatsoever.
On the palate, the malt returns, but not too strong. Notes of pear, watermelon, Very thin mouthfeel, this would definitely benefit from being cask strength. The finish is predominantly oak, with some subtle peppery spice, and vanishes quickly.
I got this whisky as part of a set of three different 200ml bottles from Diageo. Overall, the nose was the best part. The palate wasn't great, but not terrible either, and the finish simply fell flat. It does have a unique character I've not experienced in other Highland single malts, but nothing that would convince me to pay $75-$90 USD. That said, I'm still glad I got to try it.
Subtle malt funk, pear, oak graham cracker