As a constant companion of this distillery, this is a "must try" for me, but I like the classic releases 1-3 a lot better.
I find the high alcohol percentage negative in this case, as if it were taking away the space for the whisky to develop.
Trying the Adelphi bottling of the SMWS bottlings is still pending.
The first nose is surprising, which is mainly due to the barrel strength. Intense and rather smoky, the alcohol is very dominant. I would be more blind on an island, although a peninsula is not far from it.
Notes of citrus fruits, wet sawdust, an open paint bucket, mineral and reminiscent of a ripe Riesling.
The youth is here, harmony smells different. Here you have a rather boisterous coastline in the glass, salty spray, a peach in the background, hints of honey.
With water it becomes more accessible and there are floral aromas, grass, green peppers, cucumber water, sancerre.
It also gains in sweetness, it becomes much more balanced and round.
Strong on the tongue, hot and alcoholic. Not a pleasant first contact.
After a short time the wood will feel bitterness. Ashy and dry.
Yes, the water opens a lot here. Even if the alcohol is still clearly noticeable, it now shows a finely matured young whisky, but for me it has a bit too much bitterness and should be a bit more flattering.
Short to medium length, cold smoke.