...and this is the typical modern designed whisky that just goes for one dimension: peat. Simple and very predictable, but whoever loves this style - enjoy! I enjoy such a dram from time to time too but not more than one per week, usually...
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers the typical spiked profile of a modern "designed" whisky that goes mainly for the peaty aromas (compare this in a head-to-head to the Traditional Scotch profile of e.g. Lagavulin 08-years old where the peat is perfectly balanced with sweet and malty flavours). No, it is not bad - it is just too ... predictable.
The taste is comparable to the nose: bitter-peaty driven with all other flavours hiding in the background. Like Jim stated "we wanted to prove that Bruichladdich can produce a real Islay malt too: heavily peated!" This is okay, but it is what it is: designed stuff...
The dram arrives bold and quite hot in the mouth with a nice coating effect and a minor drying feeling. The finish is long and guess what? It is peat-dominated but the sweet barley sugars dare to grow a little stronger here what is better. Towards the end it gets drying again (cold ashes) like so many heavily peated whiskies. Water turns the dram sweeter and more approachable but it increases the bitter-astringent mouthfeel too, unfortunately.