Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Really wonderful mix of sweet Sherry and dirty smoke. A clean sweetness, earthy malt, coal, inner tube rubber, a biscuity shortbread note, oily, jelly baby, slightly meaty, venison?, black pepper, charred steak, some sulphurous smoke, almost volcanic? Juicy fig, pomegranate and grapefruit bring a freshness into the mix, cola bottle sweets.
Water: Notes meld together and balance well. Less overt smoke and earthy/dirty notes, more discrete oak with freshly sawn oak and sandalwood. More of the farmy notes with stables, manure and hay. Orange chewing gum.
Taste: Clean arrival with lots of cherry, black cherry, cola bottle sweets, very intense development, mineral stoniness, dark raisin and fig, oily Sherry, earthy smoke, dirty, soiled hay?, sulphurous smoke, smoky malt, lots of black pepper building, the unami notes are back with a charred steak note into the finish.
Water: Softer, builds beautifully. Sweetness starts with the Sherry, spicy oak, white pepper, overt peat, smoky malt, sulphurous smoke, orange citrus and a big black liquorice note. Black pepper leads into the finish.
Finish: Long length. Very oily, ashy, earthy, some Sherry sweetness. Better with water, with a savoury smoke and lovely sweetness. Liquorice again.
Masterful. A huge dirty whisky with character for days.