Nose: Very malty. Caramelized fruits, apples, peaches, banana, citrus, pears, gentle vanilla, sherry, baking spices, dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, and raisins. There are hints of salt and peat here, but they take a backseat to the sweet, dark fruity character.
Palate: The arrival is creamy, and initially slightly dry and salty. The peat comes on gradually. With it comes a deep, rich caramel, followed by juicy raisins, cinnamon, banana-nut, milk chocolate, and faint ginger. The dark, roasted caramel sweetness is very nice.
Finish: Cinnamon and anise, demerera sugar, more caramel, gentle smoke, banana-nut, chocolate, raisins, toffee, allspice, and a bit of oak. A thoroughly enjoyable medium-length finish.
Thoughts: There are subtleties to this dram which make it challenging to deconstruct. The flavours aren’t all crisp and easy to identify, and it takes some effort to distinguish them. Why? Because they don’t stand alone, their individual characters are blanketed with the rich, dark, sweeping caramel note which characterizes the whisky. But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find many layers to this. Beginners will appreciate the accessibility, and connoisseurs will appreciate the subtle complexity. Very cool stuff.