Nose: Starts with gentle sweet dried fruits. Also getting some vanilla at first but it disappear (or just gets overrun) later on. Berries, purple plums, the expected peat smoke and ashes are here but currently playing 2nd violin. Then suddenly some flickers of Lagavulin DNA fruitiness and peat, raisins and caramel. After 30 minutes here comes the PX with thick syrup, dark chocolate, fruits cake with chocolate topping. And it’s very balanced and in harmony all through that time.
Palate: Starts with peat, thick sweetness, sour-sweet fruits, raisins, pepper, coals, old furniture, tobacco leaves, leather – leather coat and belt, ends dry.
Finish: Long finish, strong fruitiness linger in the background, but at the same time it’s also dry with oak spice, peat smoke, leather, tobacco leaves and ashy tinge.
Thoughts: So there similarities to the Distillers Edition but with the casks selection that includes Oloroso casks, higher ABV and extra 4 years makes it a fantastic whisky with great balance of peat and sherry but a bit on the sweet side. A worthy festival bottling and definitely a worthy of a return purchase if it was possible.
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