Commencing with medicinal peat (ash, soot, saline and rubber), but in a much more restrained fashion that you’d usually expect from this distillery. Sweetness is perhaps the most discernible aspect of this nose – heathery honey, apples, bananas and barley water. There are hints of minerality here, but they come across as quite metallic – copper and metal polish. A few drops of water softens everything up and adds some light orange into the mix, but also, unsurprisingly reduces the levels of smoke.
A medicinal arrival, but still quite sweetly peated overall – honey, barley, apples and some tart grapefruit. Minerals - granite and hints of coastal salinity are joined by some bold cask influence – pepper, ginger and slightly astringent oak. Water has a frankly odd effect – bringing in a range of rubbery and molten plastic flavours which sit strangely with the high levels of sweetness.
Medium to long in length, quite drying, fairly bitter and with pleasantly fading medicinal smoke.