[Update:Sep2018] After two months aeration the character of this malt has changed. The nose is now a mixture of juicy apples and pears, alongside a pleasant smokiness and faint saltiness. This carries into the taste with more pear, smoke and salt. Unlike the freshly opened bottle there are no longer the off notes that were originally so disappointing. The finish continues with more fruit and a lingering smokiness. This is much more pleasant.
[Original tastings: June/July2018] The nose begins with a big peaty hit, after some time come hints of citrus and pear. The taste began like the nose, with a big, enjoyable peat punch. However this gave way to a disappointing, slightly-off sourness and some light herbal/cardboardy notes. The finish ended quickly with an unpleasant, grassy bitterness.
Review for 2017 bottling: LL13807.