Colour: gold. Nose: what’s not to like? Perfectly medicinal and smoky, and quite rounded and even smooth at that, this one’s all balance. It’s not complex whisky, but it’s perfect in its simplicity. Embrocations and artisan cider. With water: more mineral and more textile, so to speak. Old coal bag, damp hessian, fresh paint, putty… And wet dogs! (we’re really sorry, dogs).
Mouth (neat): all very perfect. Big, powerful, superbly acrid and zesty, very smoky, lemony, salty, liquoricy… Can you smoke grapefruit liqueur? With water: yeah yeah yeah, the tropical fruits are coming out! Passion fruits, mangos… This one is winking at the 1960s, if I may say so. How could we be against that?
Finish: long, clean, fruity and smoky. Smoked mangos and lemon balm.
Nose: Bung cloth, fresh bandages and sherry vinegar, charred wood, burned stones.
Palate: More smoke than peat, with astringent wood smoke and coal dust, mixed with green wood and flashes of fruit.
Finish: Warming and smokey, with lots of minerality and green leaves