Overall, not particularly complex but what a delight! Light, beautiful, and with an interesting mix of herbal, sweet and fruit notes. 50% ABV suits it well, play around with a little bit of water but be warned, it is delicate and easy to drown.
Nose: Honey, sweet white flowers (tuberose?) and herbs, white fruit, melon. Tart but candied orange, like an orange pez pastille. The soft peat gives an impression of heather and wild thyme, sea air, damp moss. Some oatcakes and strawberry marmalade. As it develops in the glass, a soft creamy vanilla and a hint of tonka bean are revealed. These sweet spices are not powerful here, but they are some of the most elegant I’ve smelled in a whisky. An absolute pleasure.
Palate: A long development of floral honey, followed by a spicy surge at the very end. White peach, oat biscuits, slightly mentholated herbal cough pastilles. Candied ginger gives some sweet spice. Sometimes a seaweed note pops up in the development, reminding me of an expensive perfume ingredient called ambrinol.
Finish is on the dry side, mostly herbal with an underlying barley note. The marine element remains.