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Decided to crack this bottle open on a snowy winter night and it did not disappoint.
Light caramel in color, likely caramel coloring added. Looks lovely in the bottle and in a glass however.
The nose on this whisky is stunning. Like its Islay cousins the peat and smoke is apparent immediately. However it's a distinctly different kind of peat. It's mellow, and more of a smoke then a peat blast. Like burning newspaper while starting a fire in a fireplace. Additionally herbal, toffee and brine notes are easily identified as well as charcoal and a slightly menthol note.
Taste is earthy, smoky and spicy. Starts fairly savory, meaty, salty and then develops a nice sweetness toward the finish. Almost a licorice note in there as well.
Overall a very unique flavor and nose. Highly enjoyable on cold nights when you need a warm up. Would give it a higher rating however I have to deduct some points for color added and chill-filtration.