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This was an overproof so I put a little water in it. It was on sale ($4 off) up here in Northwestern Ontario so I got the bottle for $65.95 and the 48 percentage seemed like a selling point over the regular 40. I love overproofs and I was willing to try this out specifically because it is supposed to be 'peaty'.
Nose: Very musky and woody, it reminds me of being in an older-growth forest where the trees are very tall and there's no underbrush, just moss and low-lying leafy plants, where the light is dimmer and there's much space to wander.
It smells like the first cuts into a tree when I'm chopping down a balsam or spruce.
After tasting I note that the whisky is still imbued within my olfactory for a long period of time, I'm delighted that it lingers after a sip so the experience is everlasting. I think this is what the experts might call 'peaty'.
Taste: Smooth, lingering connection to nature; it breathes in the way that a tall forest negates strong winds leaving you immersed in the wafting, slow and stiff air under the canopy where everything is still and calm.
When I licked a bead off the neck after pouring the first thing I tasted was honey.
Throat: This is one of the most soothingly smooth whiskies I've ever tasted, and despite being so easy to drink it's also incredibly rich and alive with a wholly unique flavor and a long-lasting aftertaste that keeps you in that mysterious forest. After a few drinks it starts feeling as if it goes down thick like syrup.