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This whisky is quite a catch, but in a strange way. It seems to me that Bruichladdich made an interesting decision with this malt and my hat is off to them. Both non chill-filtered and colouring free add to a simple powerful whisky, and I must prefece this review by saying it is not for the faint of heart.
Review was done with 2oz whisky in a Glencairn glass with 6 drops of unchlorinated spring water all at room temp
nose... What can I say, PEAT! Huge earthy peat nose with a touch of brine to the backround. Almost like a kick in the junk, but soft enough that I don't really have to turn my head.
palate... Wait for it, more peat! powerful and full with some smoke. I think its important to add that there is no medicinal, tar, or iodine. There is however a little ashy flavour and a sweetness hidden in there somewhere that is good and adds a little dimension. I can't quite pin point the sweet flavour though... suggestions?
finish... Soft and mellow surprisingly, and quite enjoyable. More solid peat but it seems to have tamed back and the smoke really rises here giving a soft dynamic close to a very blunt dram.
The canister that the bottle came in states that Jim McEwan was going for a solid peated whisky lacking strong medicinal flavours like Laphroaig and they seem to hit it dead on. No iodine what so ever. While seemingly one dimensional at first as I finish this dram I realize that this particular whisky was not meant to be extremely complex but simply peated. I think it is wonderful for it.