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I was in the mood for some peat the other week and picked this up. I've had the quarter cask and the select cask, this is my first bottle of 10yo.
This is bottled at 43%, I understand that in some less fortunate parts of the world it is bottled at 40%.
Nose: Wow. It's like a charcoal briquet drizzled in rose oil. There is a sweet side to the smoke. York peppermint pattie, rose petal, grilled tilapia.
Palate: Up front there is a lovely puff of peaty smoke, followed by a flow of BBQ sauce. You've all heard this before I'm sure, but it really is like having a BBQ in your mouth.
Finish: The fire dwindles down and your left with a surprisingly sweet finish. Some BBQ remains but it's actually sweeter than smokey. Rose oil again, peppermint, and vanilla wrapped in a shroud of smoke.
Overall: Sweeter than expected, but still with plenty of BBQ. I'm officially on the lookout for the cask strength version.