I'm in the same boat as him, have sailed along the shores of this Loch a few times but it's waters have been pretty scary. The standard "Original" NAS has in my opinion an aweful metalic grainy finish, outright unpleasant.
However the new 15YO was OK, and the Inchmoan 10YO was a peaty surprise.
They don't do tours, but I've been outside the gate.
Let's face it, it looks like a chemical plant without a soul.
Maybe they have hired someone to bring a little bit of magic out of it anyway.
First impression is light, fruity and vegetal.
Apple, melon, rose water.
Takes a little time for the peat to establish it's presence, it's definitely there but not overpowering, rather more just mingling with everything else. It's more prominent than Highland peat, yet not quite in the Islay league.
You have to go rather deep in the glass to pick up the alc strength, and then the peat also gets an almost horse manure note.
Being the ABV it is I tried adding a little water half way down the glass. No dramtic change, if anything it got somehow duller and everything was more difficult to single out.
Oily and fat mouth feel.
The arrival is bold, yet it's very rounded and easy drinkable neat.
As it mellows more and more fruit emerge and it gets sweeter, still it is the peat that drives this one.
Adding water dilutes the fruit and favour the peat even more. Still it takes water very well, it remains both bold and oily.
Medium+ lenght, sweet, dominated by peat.
Not spicy, but it leaves a pleasant heat.
As with the main taste the fruit is scared of water, while the peat is thriving. It reduces the heat slightly, but this is a solid dram you actually will struggle to drown.