The nose was a little faint, especially compared to the RO. Some soft smoke, a light fruity sweetness and some burnt wood but overal a little redacted.
The taste was more convincing. Bbq meat, smokiness, some orange notes and a little oaky spiciness.
The finish had more smoke, orange and spiciness, lingering a very long time.
After the initial let-down, the taste and finish kind of made up for it. However, it just wasn't the bold, rebellious and cheeky Big Peat I know and love, it was a mature "Medium" Peat, who had aged well but somehow became a little boring.
Maybe it would have been better to taste this before the Rock Oyster, because the latter was way more convincing overal. Still, there was a lot to enjoy with this Islay blend.