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On the nose, malty, lightly sweet with light peat. With some time, hints of vanilla and mint appear.
On the palate, good body, oily, mostly dry. A substantial malty character with light peat that stands up to its 46% ABV. Well balanced. Depth. With time definite notes of chocolate appear. With water, a real mintiness comes out, almost menthol.
A medium to intense arrival, complex development and medium to long finish, each of about the same length.
A young dram of real substance and nuance that lives up to its reputation. I dislike number ratings, but for a malt of this age it's certainly among the best I've tried. Since I favor young, dryish drams of character, this one does well in my calculus.