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This malt reminds me of Bowmore 12, only better. Parallels are found in the fruit-to-peat-to-vegetal profile that each whisky seems to share. Keen observers might note that, for me, the association with Bowmore is not necessarily a good thing.
Nose: initially, dry peat and dry industrial smoke, with a fruity subtext. Give it time and you will be rewarded. Dark fruit will dominate, with an undercurrent of smoke and peat.
Palate: all over the place. There is a watery-sweet arrival that will linger throughout the development and into the finish. As the sweetness subsides (still lingering though) there is a chalky dryness that precedes the mild spice. Then the peat chimes in, itself transitioning into a leafy or vegetal sourness. A jack-of-all-trades.
Finish: sustained. The sweetness is still there, but the drying vegetal note dominates along with some lingering smoke.
Well this one is a challenge to map, and maybe not the most pleasant of challenges. There is something about leafy, vegetal, ferny, sour notes that do not appeal to my frail and orchidaceous palate. Nice quality, but I’m glad I committed only to the 200ml bottle.