ABV: 48 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is medicinal peat and dried fruits. A cloud of iodine and brine is sitting on top of dried apricots and raisins with a top note of fresh berries. In the background there’s a vanilla oakiness, dry soil and a nice burning logfire. There’s also a hint of new leather. It becomes fruitier with time in the glass. This is a quite complex and very pleasant nose with a lot to discover.
Mouth: It starts out very low key for about a second before the flavours roll in like a wave. At first, the medicinal iodine leads the way together with a black pepper spicyness. Soon after, there’s a mix of sweet honey and vanilla oakiness, mixed with a bitter tang. The dried fruits are pushed back into the background and it takes a long time for the peatiness to push through. It remains very medicinal throughout.
Finish: The dried fruits pop up in front for less than a second and then seem to move out towards the edges to leave place for the medicinal notes once again. The center is then filled with a mix of the vanilla oak, the bitter note and brine. The oakiness shifts towards a fresher oak the longer the finish goes on and it becomes slightly astringent in the end. The fruitiness follows along all the way to the end. This is just a fantastic whisky through and through.
This was originally released for the travel retail, but is now part of the core range. It’s first aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels, then in small quarter casks and then finished in first and second fill european ex-sherry butts. It’s unchillfiltered.