Already in the nosing, Campbeltown Funk overwhelms with vanilla aroma. The 1st fill bourbon cask naturally contributes ripe and strong vanilla aromas. The medium peated whisky does not primarily have smoky aspects, but you have to consider whether it is actually smoke. It is a maritime, independent smoke, with sweet fruit. This is a yeast cake with custard, kelp, mussel shells and sweet fruit. And somewhere a small fire smokes. And a fresh menthol note is also included.
The taste is dominated by vanilla with a light smoke, the alcohol is strong and the whisky tolerates water. This makes it softer and also develops a nice Campbeltown Funk in taste. The alcohol brings a menthol note, followed by tart, nutty herbal notes.
The Campbeltown note actually sticks to the palate for quite a long time. The smoke is not present as smoke - but is certainly the medium for the typical aroma spectrum of Glen Scotia.
With many whiskys from Campbeltown one looks in vain for the typical aroma - here it is clearly present. It deserves a few more years, the sweetness is a bit superficial and the alcohol is too harsh. There is a lack of depth and calm, the aromas are not yet harmoniously connected. Nonetheless it is a very nice whisky that represents the character of the special whisky region at the top of Kintyre well. Delicious!