Color: Bright copper with undertones of gold; paler than the 16-year-old expression, which is said to use caramel coloring.
Nose: Bright fruits like green apple and hints of citrus dominate, accompanied by campfire smoke and salty sea air.
Palate: Whereas the 16-year-old has darker red-apple notes, the Offerman comes on bright and slightly tart, with lots of green apple and peach. Medicinal notes, a hallmark of Islay whiskies, creep in midpalate, quickly giving way to dry oak and campfire smoke. The mouthfeel is rich and buttery.
Finish: Long and lingering, with cereal notes from the barley and light smoke predominating; more subtle than the 16-year-old.