55.1% | 70cl | Cask Strength | 40ppm | NCF
Distilled back in 2010, from the 2009 crop of Scottish Barley, this heavily peated single malt was first filled into an array of ex-bourbon, ex-Syrah and ex-VDN (vin doux naturel) casks. In 2018, this spirit was transferred into a parcel of oloroso hogshead casks.
NOSE: Initially lovely earthy peat smoke and dark fruit, fig predominantly and toffee. Soft peach and honey appear and a nutty nougat note. Baked orange and a hint of mulled wine spice.
The peat smoke notes are constant and start to bring out some resinous woody aromas, the longer you allow to open the more depth you discover, more roasted coffee, syrup and citrus, more chocolate and crushed sea shells.
PALATE: Soft oily texture and then, as it coats the palate a subtle dryness changes the tone. The leading notes from the oloroso cask and the peat smoke define the identity of the whisky but underneath there is a fruity sweetness from figs, orange and peach that nutty nougat note. With another sip the darker notes of tobacco. Boot polish and more earthy smoke give a pepperiness.
FINISH: The finish is a dry earthy peat smoke with lime and figs. A chocolate and vanilla note comes through and some salty, sandy character. Peat embers give a last hint of smoke.