The eccentric tasting notes are all part of the experience, e.g.
Water brings up the European wood character, which in this case might be summed up as the aroma of a vintage motor-car - old rubber, polished leather, a hint of exhaust fumes.
… this sample noses like an entire dinner - smoked fish to start, roast lamb or glazed ham providing the meat, followed by knickerbocker glory or butterscotch fudge sundae and an empty fag packet by the embers of a dying fire to round it off.
The taste remains consistent also, with a lively light saltiness on the tongue. One panel member described it as "like being trapped in a car after a wet walk with a dog".
Regarding the introductory bottles: Back when I joined (1996-ish, just after the US branch started up), you got a single 750ml. bottle, of their choosing, although they were happy to substitute any currently available bottle in the same price range. This suited me, as I had a fixation on the Craigellachie distillery, having been transported by a glass of the stuff a few years previously when I lived in England.
But I think the 3 x 100ml. bottles is a better idea overall, as it allows you to ease your way into the whole experience, reduces the risk of dissatisfaction, and will give you an eye-opening sense of the range of flavours available from the different regions. The three distilleries in the photo above are Bowmore (#3), Glen Grant (#9), and Isle of Arran (#121), i.e. Islay, Highland/Speyside, and Island respectively, which looks like a good selection.