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I went out and got this whisky after @Nozinan wouldn't stop talking about it. He was right. Batch 12 was awesome. Oddly, I was surprised that it wasn't more peaty - but I'm an Islay lover, so my benchmark is on the high end. All the barley in the whisky is from Scotland, peated to 23 ppm.
The nose is woody, floral (in a dried flower sort of way), vegetal, and peaty with dried fruit and caramel- quite an interesting one here weaving together some very interesting flavor camps. Strong peppermint (like candycanes) too, alongside the rich oakiness. The mintiness, is, in fact, almost like the menthol-like nature of freshly milled green cardamom when amidst the various spices here. But of course we have so much more: dried apricot, dried pear, dried hibiscus, apple seeds, apple sauce, and almost a general mixed bag of spices that all meld together – cloves, cinnamon, saffron (particularly), black peppercorns…This isn't aged long but feels as though it is full of fabulous age - that Indian climate certainly does its work! Not overly peaty, though the earthiness and light smoke are certainly around, especially towards the end of the palate. Complex, interesting, and very nice. With water, it grows a bit, and apple emerges more fully....but I like this one at full strength more. A winner.
I've kept coming back to this, and served it blind at a number of tastings - and it's always impressed. I even served it blind to a whisky writer who's had over 10,000 whiskies and he swore when he found out it wasn't Scottish. Haha! He loved it, too.
By the way, thanks @Nozinan.