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This whisky is the product of Indian and peated Scottish barley bottled at 50%. It scored 97 pts in Jim Murray's 2010 Whisky Bible. Murray ranked it the "Third Best Whisky in the World!"
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: butterscotch and pecans, juicy malt and a touch of gentle peat; fresh picked oranges, a faint hint of melon, beeswax and green garden notes; wet coffee grinds and some baker's chocolate.
Palate: creamy, very honeyed (more beeswax), juicy malt and loads of white chocolate ( it is sweet); the darker peat, coffee and chocolate notes are there but balanced along with some crisp smoke and gentle peat; the palate remains fresh, fruity and layered with late spices and more butterscotch.
Finish: light and lively but long with fading sweet notes and fruits.
Comment: tasting this is a reminder of how much I enjoy this whisky, it is truly superb.
Distiller's Tasting Note
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 absolutely 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.
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