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Sweet cream, peppery spice. Mild smoke here with some rich toffee and smoke notes. Theres surprising amount of activity going on here.
Thin mouth feel but thats no surprise at the legal minimum ABV - theres a lot of complexity though. Seems like a catch 22 but isnt really a problem. Smokey and growing vegetal. Its like a light char kind of smoke with some peppery spice thrown in. Its surprisingly sweet though, with a lot of cream and very light caramel peeking through. A little fishy also. Im really impressed at how much is going on here. I expected a burning log and some nail polish remover thrown in a bottle and not much more.
Short but complex. No astringency, oddly sweet and creamy. The peppery, smoke and subtle vanilla toffee sweetness play really well together.
For a ~$20 bottle, I'm pleasantly surprised. This is no show stopper, nor a Laphroaig QC competitor but at the price its sold at...it doesn't have to be. There's a lot going on here and the creamy sweetness blended with the peppery peat is really quite pleasant. I'm giving this dram a Rank 5 - it doesn't blow anything away but it makes for a surprisingly solid, hyper affordable daily sipper if smoke is your kind of thing.