...and if this bottling is the typical Lochindaal style than it is a successful revival of the old Traditional Highland Scotch style using a heavily peated profile (around 50 ppm, like Port Charlotte). Well done, Jim! I am not sure if many modern drinkers will like this, but for sure you should try it to experience this unique old style that is not produced anymore since decades. But remember: Water is essential on this dram!
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a rather shy peaty profile due to the high abv (63.3%). It does not really open up even after some breathing and it certainly cries for water ... that really helps to unlock some interesting aromas of chalk, waxes, resin, grasses, herbs, leather and maritime peat, of course. Quite austere and very old-stylish, I like it very much!
The neat taste is very dry on bitter-sweet flavours (peat and sugars) that grow stronger upon chewing. After adding some water the taste enfolds nicely and shows a complex profile for such a young dram. Again it is rather austere on molten sugars, honeys, waxes, earthy notes (forest floor) and many other flavours - which remind me of these old-style highland drams again. Not too bad at all!
The initial mouthfeel is hot (what else at 63% abv?) and nicely coating with a minor drying-astringent moment of heavy peats (ashes, metals) that is not distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds more smokey flavours of a burning peat fire on the shore and a hint of vanilla ice cream (really!). No distracting moments here.