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This was the deal breaker for me. I was either gonna love it or hate it. A little risky spending $80 on a bottle of something that could go both ways, but whats the point of living life without taking a little risk...
Colour - Medium gold, thick gold
Legs - Quite slow, thin, long
Nose - Hello peat! Its the first thing to make an appearance on the nose. Big, thick peat. Earthy and dominating thats how he rolls! Followed by this is some vegetal sweetness, almost vanilla'ish in nature. Then a hint of smoke, and something else hanging around in the back? Oh oh, whats this I smell….. antiseptic? Can't say I smelt this before in a whisky. As strange as it is, it doesn't stay with you, instead it just pops up when it feels like it.
Palate - I was gonna either love it, or hate it... but instead I have discovered liquid gold! Its official. Explosive. It enters the mouth and feels as if its expanding endlessly. Never knew this was possible. Sweet oily texture. The strangest mouth feel I have experienced to this date. Rich, thick, robust, just massive expression in this. Salty, spicy, sweet, peaty, citrusy, earthy, syrupy medicinal notes and 100% delicious. On second tasting there is a load of antiseptic flavour in here. Just like the nose it comes and goes, however when it hits you, its unmistakable.
Finish - Lingers off with a fair amount of dry sweetness, peat, and hint of smoke. The dominating mouth feel is sweet earthy peat with a sweet antiseptic taste lingering around. Not getting too much pepper (as some talk about), a little spicy (on the tongue) but nothing over the top. As you stay with it, the peat and smoke just bounce off each other, resulting in a nice long enjoyable finish……..until your second glass! Damn this stuff is good.
Conclusion - Worth every penny. A very intense peaty, yet, sweet oily whisky. Already one of my favorites. If I could make it even better, I'd throw in more peat and smoke.
Perhaps Lagavulin 16 or Laphroaig QC will fit that bill! Off to the store I go!