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Complex, and not for the faint of heart! I know some seasoned whisky drinkers that have turned their nose up against this one! ....all I can say: utterly exquisite. This should sit for 10 minutes or so as it will open up with time, and a little water.
Nose: blasts of smokey peat, camp fire, aged oak, iodine, and yes, there is a sweet undertone as well....just a sense that this whisky has been maturing for far longer than its true age suggests. There is a floral note as well coming through on the nose; but mostly peat! inescapable
Taste: Peat, floral notes, oak, and a slight maple syrup-like quality coming through, but the peat does not really subside at all; it settles a bit on the finish, but always there; stronger at first, but mellows on the finish.
Finish: all the flavours linger on the extra long finish, but the finish seems to get sweeter as you get nearer the end of the glass - as more time has gone by allowing it to open up more. As it states on the box, this whisky is non chill-filtered, and the addition of water may cause a little cloudiness; normal.
A great experience, a fantastic, complex whisky for those looking for something a little more composite.