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Huge thanks to @wierdo for this sample. Wasnt going to do a review but have been compelled to share my surprise and enjoyment of my first contact with this.
Nose, such a surprise as the peat isn't immediately as in your face as you might expect, kind of smouldering menacingly in the belly of this whisky. It sort of sits under some delightfully companionable fruity notes. Like the inside of a peat fire chimney breast smeared in different jams; strawberry, marmalade, cherry, raspberry and plum. Peat is heavy on the ash and Tiger Balm. Sweet and peat heaven!
Taste, my word this is exquisitely well-oiled! It' s so rich and rewarding on the mouthfeel. Water isnt needed (though ill add some) and i'm struggling to believe this is 58%. Taste is a mish-mash of the peaty notes and fruit notes from the nose but with some sour mezcal, vegetal notes and liquorice root. Like a good blues solo ... few notes but in perfect harmony.
Finish, well, this sample soon will be ha! Quite fruity actually, with more strawberry jam and liquorice root. A little sage and bay too with more ashy smoke to the death. Long
Water has brought out more smoke and nose hair singeing peat on the nose and teased the more overt fruit notes into balance. Interesting.
Phew! This is as fine a peated whisky as i've had. @wierdo, you know how to pick em ;). Reminds me a little of the Ledaig Amontillado, that similar combo of sweet and peat working in perfect tandem.