This whisky is based on 16 different malts, with a focus on Islay (and peat!).
Nose: A bit buttery and lightly floral, with a light slightly ashy and medicinal smoke sitting atop everything else. Vanilla is in the mix, but the nose is a bit light overall. Lightly nutty, orange. Slightly sour as well, and continues to develop as it sits. 25.5/30 (85%)
Taste: More smoke here, of an ashy and slightly vegetal character. There is a good butterscotch sweetness which balances out the smoke, and its mainly these two characters at play on the palate. Lightly dries out to spices and smoke. 26/30 (87%)
Finish: Smoke, primarily, with a bit of vanilla, malt character, and some earthiness from the peat. There is a bit of sweetness in the finish as well, though sometimes it takes on a bit of a sweetener feel to it. It has a bit of an oily feel in the mouth, too. 16.5/20 (83%)
Conclusion: Not a peat or smoke bomb, but there is smoke in this. The blending work to balance out all the elements is good but it’s a bit simple at times. 16.5/20 (83%)