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Appearance: Pale with a golden hue.
Nose: Initially sharp and eye-stinging as expected with a CS whisky, but after 5 minutes, the peat really comes through, slight cinnamon, sweet mint, salty ocean breeze, a touch medicinal, lemon citrus, grassy, never loses the spiciness. With water: the peat is muted initially, but comes back almost with a vengeance after several minutes.
Palate: For what the nose promises, the delivery is surprisingly subtle, mild at first and then the tingling spreads like a chain reaction, dancing on the tongue and softly playing the bongos on your lips. Sweet, peppery, minty, peaty, ocean mist, oak and ash. With water: Dulls the tingling slightly. grassy, sea breeze.
Finish: Long and steady, intense warmth. Smoke and smoke, oak, ash, mint, cinnamon. With water: slows down the pace at which the warmth unwinds itself.
A beautifully well-balanced cask-strength whisky; nothing stands out individually at any stage of the tasting process, except for the peat, which really dominates the nose after 5-8 minutes of sitting (before water, of course).