Nose: Absolutely lovely. There is distinguishable peat and earthy tonnes. Small-seeded fruits: under ripe peaches. With time sweet citrus: lemon sherbet and Sunkist oranges, and a whiff of lavender and brine. Rich leather hide makes an appearance towards the end.
Taste: Generous peat. Peppered bamboo shoots, a hint of fennel tea and grassy notes. Nutty notes become present gradually.
Finish: Moderate to long with the reoccurrence of peat and earthy tonnes. Sweet spice followed by again the peppered bamboo shoots.
Comment: The longer you hold out with this more aromas emerge. Very clean and crisp malt, the peat is not dominating, just the right amount, and a very well balanced dram indeed. This is very affordable vatted malt composed of an Islay whisky and Nikka’s Yoichi. There is speculation as to which Islay malt it is: for interesting detailed information take a look at Nonjatta’s input into the Pure Malt White. Once this bottle is consumed I will be seeking another and making it a permanent fixture in my cabinet.
Reviewed by Clint A