Nose heavy, thickly oaked and complex. Some curious barley sugar notes here shrouded in soft smoke. Big but seductively gentle took.
Taste the delivery, though controlled at first, is massive. Then, more like confusion as that smoke on the nose turns in to warming, full brown peat with a vague sherry trifle note. The vanilla hammers home the barley fruitiness to make for a bit of a free for all. Further flavours develop into an intense chocolate fudge middle which resonates through the palate.
Finish dry peat and oak with enough molassed sweetness to the see the malt through to a satisfying end. Above all, the spices, rather than lying down and accepting their fate, rise up and usher this extraordinary whisky to its exit.