Color: Amber +1.5 Rich with a Golden brown Hue, Streaming Tears with Lots of Legs
Nose: Peat, Iodine, Islay, Sand, Fruit; pears,Nutmeg, Syrup, Black Pepper, Leather, Tobacco, Cocoa, Carmel
Mouth Feel: Thin viscosity oily, well balanced yet smooth
Taste: Warm, Fruity: Apples and Pears, Oak, Spices, Metallic, Radish, Moss, Earthy, Cinnamon
Finish: Leather, then Sharp, fades slow and long. Pepper, Lemon Zest, Earthy Peat and Moss
Nose: Smoke and Pest a bit more pronounced, Opens up to more Toffee and Caramel
Taste: Sweeter, Carmel, Syrup, Pepper and Ginger.
Score: Taste: 73/75, Value 10/15 Unique: 5/5 Buy Again 3/5 Total: 91
Overall one of the greater single malts. I picked this up at a discount from a friend, otherwise it would have been closer to $85 to $100. Very complex, and it opens up very nicely over time and with water. I think it’s popularity and hype has raised it’s price, but one of the more balanced Islay Malts IMO. Love the taste and nose, I just wish it cost a bit less, really my only negatives go to value and buy again, otherwise I’d raise it a few more points overall. Would love to try the 12 cask strength sometime soon.