After the Big Peat, Scallywag and Timorous Beastie the Rock Oyster appeared, which is a representation of island whisky’s (although it also contains a bit of Islay, I have been told). The original version was bottled at 46.8%, but there is also a casks strength version.
Just like with the regular version, I get some bread dough and yeast, apples, mint and seaweeds on the nose. While there is some peat, it is quite discrete.
The body is fine and the arrival at cask strength a pleasant sensation. Immediately there is a grand smoke development and spiciness with a lovely balance between the sweet and salt elements. I get some baked apples, honey, pepper, salt and some ashes on the palate.
The finish is medium long and once the smoke clears, it becomes surprisingly sweet once more.
Lovely, sturdy yet youngish blend.