Nose: Straight from the bottle the initial aroma is of marzipan with just a trace of peat smoke that is overlaid by the morello cherry and blackcurrant fruitiness.
A touch of water releases all the multitude of complex flavours that one expects from this Highland Malt appears. The peat smoke appears immediately as a touch of leather that fades and allows the creamier fruit and heather flower rich softness that is balanced by the tang of oak.
Body: Richness balanced with fruity softness.
Palate: At bottle strength the peat smoke burst in the mouth and overpowers the softer flavours. With a touch of water the peat concentration is mellowed by vanilla cream and a sweet oakiness.
Finish: Crisp and quite long lasting.