A massive aroma with a salty tang that reveals its coastal location. The heather-honey and soft smoke point to the distillery. Glorious.
The peatiness is more noticeable here, but the early vanilla and deliciously sweet malt and honey are still there. The saltiness also sticks around and weaves around the spice.
Lots of cocoa and even a fleeting hint of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee: an amazing display that is long and satisfying. Rugged peat adds to the complexity, as does a sweet richness that clings to the roof of the mouth.
A rugged expression that lacks the usual complexity but makes up for it with depth and length. A beauty.