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On the nose: pipe tobacco, clean peat smoke, and brine balanced with a bit of rum cake, cinnamon,and a faint orange citrus quality.
Palate: A full, smooth, luscious body. It's sharp and strong to start with a little early sherry and burnt orange but this quickly turns to rich pipe tobacco, with a little ash. It has a nice peppery-spicy quality. There is peat here but less smoke than an Islay...more fire. Finishes medium long with an almost tingling mouth feel
This one, to me, changes a lot even through one dram. Occasionally quick hints of vanilla on the nose, and even bacon on the pala te. For all its complexity and unique "heat", the 18yr. old is incredibly well balanced smooth and easy to drink. A cold, rainy afternoon Scotch or shared with friends after a rich, winter meal.