Nose: first off - big wallop of caramel, then smoke. Let it settle and it becomes more balanced and savoury . Fruitiness emerges, plasticine, touch of sherry, great balance of smokey notes - quite a unique experience. I would guess that peated Glen Scotia Is in this blend - I’m reminded of cheap Bowmore for the other ‘half’ eg Bowmore Select.... Give this time and it’s got quite a playful smokey nose, just restrained enough to be able to pull out deep baked paper on a Christmas cake, without becoming too dominated by the phenols... aged balsamic, a sprinkle of caraway seeds?... The whole actually works very well once you get past the initial smoked caramel combo.
Taste: good balance sweet/ dry with subtle bitterness - the sweeter aspects carry through - then a touch of heat and a slightly premature finish? A couple of drops of water opens up the complexity. Definitely a very competent blended whisky with a Campbeltown feel about it and worth a try if you enjoy more restrained peated whiskies.