It is shockingly smooth for its 56.9% and imminently drinkable. It is smoky, no doubt, but it seems the peat is more present: more earthiness and brine than overt, outright smoke. The malt is even able to shine through.
But, while not as present on the nose or palate, the lingering notes of the finish are rather distinctly Islay, with some slightly bitter, certainly coastal, and phenolic smoke notes hanging around well after the dram is downed.
Wet moss. Vegetal peat. Damp forest. Bubblegum. Ocean spray. Menthol. Damp malt.
More peat than smoke. Smoke has mesquite character. Nuttiness. Almost rubbery. Slightly bitter. Surprisingly smooth.
Pepper. Dying embers. Peanuts. Nougat. Malt. Grilled shrimp. Ash. Chest warmth, but no burn.