Appearance – Amber in colour, very viscous in the glass, and beads up, and thick legs.
Nose – Quite an ABV blast at first, dark fruity smoke, sweet liquorice, figs, sultanas, caramel, demerara sugar, Christmas pudding, stollen with a dusting of icing sugar.
Palate – Stewed dark fruits start, followed by fruity smoke, demerara sugar and caramel giving loverly sweetness, cigar leaves, a slight bbq meaty note, white pepper spice, some ginger, and candied lemon rind in the background.
Finish – Quite a long finish, nice oak notes, warming, pepper spicy, icing sugar runs around it, and the dark fruits prevail.
My thoughts – I have seen and heard whisky enthusiasts say that this is their favourite peated whisky, and I can see why. The peat/smoke comes with dark fruits, it’s a wonderful balance of the two, with spices and savoury notes, it’s all there.
Would I buy a bottle? – It’s a no brainer for me, yes, it’s a delicious dream that I know I’ll enjoy every time.
Thanks to – The Blind tasting consortium (Twitter), @maltmusings (Twitter).