Nose: Initial fragrant smoke, even a touch of sweet barbecue from the peated malts, before banana and apricot Danish pastries emerge. Melon notes from the Port Ellen combine effortlessly with complex grassy, nutty and floral malted barley.
Palate: Sweet entry with marzipan, chestnut and luxurious honeyed plums. Orchard fruit and warming peat tang develop with more subtle, ethereal cereal notes beneath the surface. Rye bread can be tasted, whilst a touch of zesty marmalade adds pep to proceedings.
Finish: More wheat-like cereal on the finish with juicy raisin and apricot, crushed almonds and Yirgacheffe coffee. Complex and satisfying to the last.
Overall: Exceptional balance as well as sympathetic and knowledgeable use of quality rare malts are the hallmarks of this stunning whisky. Each component plays a key role.