Here are some notes I made about this a while back....
Woody - any wood, timber, pine, beech, ash etc... quite often a fresh sweet young woody note. Appealing and nice
Oaky - Darker and richer wood notes, distinctive oak (go and hug an old english oak), more bitter than the sweeter woody notes. Interesting and adds depth, but don't want too much
Tannins - bitter with a harsh mouth feel, similar to wine tannins - not so much a taste but a feeling. Not keen on this at all.
Wood related tasting notes....
Glenfiddich 33 - Big fruity, chocolatly, light spice - wood and oak, but adds depth and complexity to the other flavours
Highland Park 30 - Rich deep sherry and wood, maybe a bit too much oak , light tannins, but very drinkable
Whyte and Mackay 30 - Perfect, all the depth and character but very little oaky stuff - just a hint of clean pure oak in the finish
Glen Moray 42 - Like chewing an old bitter oak tree, shame as the younger Glen Morays really have something to offer. But late at night with a cigar it works quite well. Heavy oak and tannins hiding the rich fruit and floral notes.
Macallan 30 (not FO) - Chewing an oak tree while drinking your mums sherry. Too much sherry and oak all in one go, fruity, and sweet sherry notes conflict with heavy bitter tannins.
Glenury Royal 50 - Again too much oak and tannin, but the length of finish and depth makes up for the oak which seems to comes across very early and fades. Only really enjoy it 5 minutes after you've drunk it. Quite amazing when it has been in a bit of wood for half a century.
However a friend who likes those oaky notes thinks I'm