NOSE : Very expressive and complex indeed. Lemon zest, hints of black pepper, cream fudge, a waft of licorice, classic Caol Ila coal dust, but no where near as definitive. Then we get the peat. It’s such a gentle, elegant aroma, that wraps itself around your nostrils and almost says, ‘come and find me when you’re relaxed and ready’. Quite striking in its approach. There’s also a more surprising fruity edge to this, a hint of dare I say it, the exotic?? Mango perhaps. In any case, what we have here is a belter of a nose. Job done.
PALATE : You can see before it even reaches your mouth that it’s going to be oily. The palate gets coated from the first initial sip, with a rich, syrupy texture. It’s very sweet on the entry, with a big hit of brown sugar, into a broad, malty note. Then comes the peat, much more prominent than the nose, but still refined and balanced. More sweetness with golden syrup, some notes of chewy toffee and a little light diced green apple for good measure.
FINISH : Lingering notes of something floral and fruity stick to your gums, while the undercurrent of peat washes past. Superb and very lengthy.