Nose : Heavy, thickly oaked and complex: some curious barley-sugar notes here shrouded in soft smoke. Big, but seductively gentle, too;
Taste : The delivery, though controlled at first, is massive! Then more like con-fusion as that smoke on the nose turns into warming, full blown peat, but it far from gets its own way as a vague sherry trifle note (curious, seeing how there are no sherry butts involved) - the custard presumably is oaky vanilla - hammers home that barley - fruitiness to make for a bit of a free-for-all; but for extra food measure the flavours develop into a really intense chocolate fudge middle which absolute resonates through the palate;
Finish : A slight struggle here as the mouthfeel gets a bit puffy here with the dry peat and oak; enough molassed sweetness to see the malt through to a satisfying end, though. Above all the spices, rather than lying down and accepting their fate, rise up and usher this extraordinary whisky to its exit;
Third Finest Whisky in the World, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010, Rated 97/100.
Grand Master of World Whisky at the Spirits Business Awards in London, 2011
Best Natural Cask Daily Drams award at Malt Maniacs Awards 2009
World Whisky of the Year, Malt Advocates Whisky Awards 2011
Master 2001 at the Spirits Business Awards in London, 2011
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