...and this is a modern whisky that works pretty well. It is more balanced than most of the other designed stuff out there but still I cannot enjoy more than one such dram a night.
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a rather shy peaty profile (compared to the PC8 that I had before this dram). After some breathing the peaty aromas grow stronger but actually they dominate all other flavours. This is way too simple and "designed" for my taste but I can imagine I will adore this dram when I am 86 years old (and both my olfactory cells and taste buds have almost quitted their job completely)...
The taste is somewhat more balanced with a nice barley sugary sweet and bitter-peaty combo enriched by some fine spices. The wood is just about right here and provides a sound structure to the taste. Water turns the dram smoother and more approachable but I like the "full throttle" of the neat dram better...
The initial mouthfeel is very hot and not really coating but with no major distracting moments either. The finish is long and gets sweeter towards the end what I like better. Luckily, there is just a minor drying feeling at the end (cold metals, ashes) that is not distracting.