I’ve read a few reviews where the reviewer was disappointed with the influence of the PX cask. I notice, however, that the label states that’s its influence is subtle, which it is, but it’s definitely there.
Appearance: Not as dark in colour as it’s imagined, quite light in fact, golden honey.
Nose: On the nose is lighter than I’d expected. The sweetness and peat are balanced well, nothing offputtingly overwhelming, to me anyway! Obviously Smokey, Briney salt and chocolate. Dark fruit also. Cherries feature too.
Palate: Luxurious oily mouthfeel. Bonfire with a sea salt accompaniment and the trademark band-aid twang, but not much sweetness, which I was expecting. Not as smooth as the ten, some spikiness.
Finish: The finish had a nice heat to it, smokiness still there too. a bit ethanol for my taste.
Overall: All in all I’m a bit disappointed, to be honest. I was expecting a great experience of the 10, with an added sweetness from the PX casks. But I felt all I got was a confusing finish that didn’t write work (for me).