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Nose: Not your typical Islay! Quite malty. Grainy cereal notes with a hint of sweet brown sugar and a whisp of something tart like pomegranate seeds. The light touch of peat hovers just below the surface.
Body: full bodied and thick.
Palate: chocolate malt, cinnamon candies, and red wine.
Finish: Big but short. There's a blast of pepper and smoke, but then it is gone, followed by the slow, lingering licorice after-taste of cough syrup.
I picked this one up for two reasons: 1) a video I saw about the distillery's eco-friendly methods and 2) the package design, which is beautiful. But to be honest, for the price, I thought this was a wonderful little whisky. Not what I would normally grab when I long for Islay, but this is a unique stand-in for several Speyside whiskies. Definitely worth a venture.