Nose: Quite an alcoholic bite! Sweet, crisp, fresh, and high-pitched, but pretty young. Honey, black licorice, hay, lemon rind, rubber, peat, tar, and brine.
Palate: Gentle on the tongue, but a good attack once it hits the throat. Honey, peat, asphalt, buttermilk, and vanilla.
Finish: Long, but not so dynamic. Lots of earth, petrol, hay, cereal, buttermilk, citrus, vanilla, gooseberries, ham, and nuts.
Thoughts: It delivers a hefty dose of peat, as the name promises. Not so nuanced, but certainly punchy. It’s well blended, if a bit too young for my taste. I’ve noticed that a lot of people aren’t too sensitive to young whisky if it’s heavily peated. Too bad I’m not one of them. But in spite of being noticeably young, it’s still something of a guilty pleasure. A big, simple, peat monster. Why not?
BUT, I should also add that this isn’t for the bang-for-buckers. For the same price, I could buy an Ardbeg Uigeadail, for example. If you contrast such a young, rather unsophisticated blended malt with one of the finest NAS single malts on the market (I think), you might want to think twice. No, it’s not a bad whisky, but know that you’re paying as much for a novelty bottle and a great conversation starter as you are for the whisky itself. Still, I’m sure collectors and proud locals will get a kick out of it. Fun for a one-off, in my case.