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I bought this bottle recently for a home tasting, without really knowing what to expect. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. I think this is a really beautiful scotch, especially considering the price range it is in. I have tasted much more expensive whiskies that would not hold a candle to this dram.
The whisky has a really beautiful color, but since caramel was added to it it doesn't really count. Tears are thin and quick.
The nose. First sniff: sea air! Fresh and salty, one could call it the smell of freedom. A second sniff reveals light smoke and some citrus. I would call this a very inviting nose. I could easily spend a night just smelling this.
Tasting the whisky, I find the main tastes to be soft peat, spices and some oak. Smooth, but but exciting. The texture of the whisky is slightly oily, but less so than, say, a laphroaig.
The finish leaves us with - at last - lots of peatiness, fighting with a mouthfull of oak over your tastebuds. There is some barley thrown in there. The dram finished dryly with the oak winning the battle.