Something happens to this after it’s opened. My first glass was underwhelming, and almost mediocre if you can believe it. That funky, maritime type flavor I have come to really enjoy wasn’t really there and it was simply good, not warranting the praise and recommendations it gets. But then it was a bit after the first glass and surprisingly, given it was only couple of days, it tasted entirely different. There was a whole new dimension to it I hadn’t noticed before, and it was excellent. I first noticed it when I fell asleep with some still in the glass. Typically if that happens, the whisky is thin (both in flavor and viscosity) but the next day I gave it a sip to see how it was and it was somehow different…better, almost. After that point my perspective changed and I got so much more out of this one. It wasn’t quite like how the Kilkerran Heavily Peated had me going as soon as I poured it, but I went through this bottle much more quickly than I typically do. It’s too pricy and not quite spectacular enough to always keep on my shelf (US prices), but if I could get this for the normal prices people in the UK enjoy it would be.
Appley malt, cakey/vanilla/bready, rubbery smoke.
Oily malt, heat, peaty funk.
Heat and peat take the front, salt becomes more apparent as it diminishes. Medium length.