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I went out and purchased this fine scotch after reading many reviews on it, and some helpful members who suggested I join "the Dark side".
When I first opened the bottle after a rich meal I thought I may have made a mistake by purchasing it. All I registered was how smokey this scotch was. I put it away that night but brought it out the following night with a few friends. It was like the bottle had changed overnight, the smokiness remained but other aspects also appeared.
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: A touch of vanilla that develops into a chocolate cherry similar to a Mon Cheri then finishes with a slight brine smell.
Palate: A dry fruit and semi-sweet dark chocolate heaviness.... Ending with a subtle salt favoring
Finish: As the last drip of liquid is swallowed a sour cherry taste is noted giving way to a peatiness. Throughout there is smoke that lingers long after the the scotch is gone.
After sampling over the past week I've come to appreciate this scotch more and more. It seems to me that it improves after opening. This is not a light scotch but more, in my opinion, a fine after dinner treat.