Only tried a sample, so not a score, but an impression none the less.
All in all, I found it to be rather similar to the standard Big Peat, as the differences are there, yet subtle. Given the fact that it is similarly priced compared to many malts that contribute to the Big Peat expressions, at around €50-€55, I’d say this is an enjoyable dram, but perhaps it’s trying a bit too hard to be everybody’s friend?
On the nose, the first impression is that it’s bang in the middle of peat and orchard fruit, with obvious hints of pear. It’s youthful, malty with noticeable peat and smoke of medicinal notes, some campfire and a rather prominent ashy touch, although it never becomes overwhelming. Behind the pear, I also picked up some orange peel ad melon and a briny, salty note. Quite nice, I’d say.
The palate delivers a vanilla sweetness and a soft peaty note, again allowing plenty of way for the fruity notes to join in. There’s also a bit of sharpness in the overall rather light texture – might be the youth showing.
The finish is medium long, with a rather indistinct fruity element but a rather obvious ashy note.