An intensely smoky initial bouquet which then becomes creamy, concentrated, citrusy, mash-like, and very malty. At palate entry heavily smoked flavors of charred barley and kippers appear; at midpalate the taste profile turns sweet, bonfire-like, and strikingly like smoky green tea and honey. Ends sweet, moderately smoky, ash-like, and even caramel-like. An elegant malt despite its moniker.
A fantastically earthy whisky bristling with real, grubby peat: more blazing, bothy peat fire than coastal campfire. Fleeting elements of fudge and smoldering, mellow cigar stubs. A smooth, creamy blend with lemon curd, vanilla sponge, mint, smoked prosciutto, and a dollop of malt. There’s wonderfully smoky, singeing heat at the back of the palate, though it feels like the Islay peat has been pegged back for the 2015 batch. A succulent and smoky finish to warm the soul. (Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick
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By: Gestalted 12/14/2012
I have to admit, when I first read David's post about this on the Spirits Journal, I was a touch hesitant being this is a Scotch blend, however because of his great detailed description and overwhelming endorsement, I decided to try this out. I can tell you, this is fantastic and a must-try for any Islay-geek. The high level summary is, massive yet elegant. It truly takes a blend master to get this level of quality. Massive amounts of smoke and peat yet the mouthfeel is clean yet super greasy (a great attribute) and finish is very complex with notes of malt, lemon, spice, etc.
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