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I decided to give this much-talked about whisky at one of the local bars. The place was loud, and so was this whisky...
NOSE: complex Demerara sugar sweetness with that lovely bacon smokiness and a touch of peat. Dried fruit. A tiny splash of water tones down the smoke and reveals some sweet herbal, tarragon notes.
TASTE: explosion of flavor. Rich, almost sherry-like sweet with undertones of peat which really is not that prominent. It's accompanying the experience, not leading it. There's a touch of caramel closer to the finish.
FINISH: the finish alone is worth the candle. It's truly very big and long and warming with lovely dried fruit, burned wood and iodine.
I really didn't get much smoke and peat, as was promised. The bottle had been probably open for ages at that place. Nevertheless, it was a very lovely dram with a beautiful, beautiful finish which I've really fallen for. The most dominant note throughout all the senses here is this Demerara sugar which is infused with smoke, peat, herbal notes, dried fruit, and caramel.