Nose: Enormously citrusy at the beginning, fruity, fresh, star fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon balm, as well as immature kiwi. In addition, clearly mineral tones, heather, the smoke very well integrated and anything but superficial. Elegant wood, fine honey sweetness and always a beautiful maritime, almost summery freshness.
Mouth: More powerful than expected, and immediately with a peppery spice at the start. Then here again hay honey, a little vanilla, the fruitiness no longer so pronounced, but herbal king and with beautiful minerality. The smoke is now stronger than expected and makes the mouth a bit scratchy and unbalanced. With time getting drier and ashier.
Finish: Very dry and very ashy, floral and a bit grassy in the aftertaste.
Conclusion: After tasting this whisky, I felt strongly reminded of the Ardbeg Twenty One. And if you read through my notes, there are certain parallels. On the whole, I liked the Trahan Bhan a bit better, because he was able to convey a bit more power and depth. An in itself very good, fine and complex whisky, which appeared with personal taste but a little too ashy and dry.