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This is absolutely one of my favorite drams. I nursed it for 30 minutes and new things emerged as the whisky aerated. There’s so much going on here. Roasted pork is prominent, but only when I hold the nosing glass to far outside of my left nostril. On the palate, a surprising sweetness. It’s spicy but it doesn’t burn. I’m not a big fan of rye, which is very spicy, but somehow the cinnamon and pepper here are both bold and gentle in a way that makes me feel safe and protected. The finish is fruit and flowers.
But wait. That was just the first time through. Now the smoked meat is gone. I’m not getting smoke. The nose is Japanese grape gummy candy. Soft, chewy, more authentic concord grape flavor than American candy. The pleasing spice on the palate stays and a grape aftertaste with cardamom lingers.
Update: I finished the dram and posted the review. Then I noticed mesquite smoke had just permanently taken up residence in my sinuses. My Lord, I could live contentedly like this forever.
N: Soft peat mixed with fruity orange marmalade and toffee notes. Very perfumed smell.
P: Syrupy in texture with sweetness and light spices followed by a smoldring peat smoke. F: Roasted peat and a savoury aftertaste. This one of the most smoothest and gentle finish, I've experience in a whiskey. This 18 year will have you reach another, in a matter of seconds.