An independent bottling from Coopers Choice which is pale and un-chill filtered
The nose benefits a short while in the glass to open up and then the race is on; peat, heather, juniper, malt dust and some sweet dessert wine. The overall aromas are pleasant and a little hand warming coaxes out some more of the heather and juniper. After a few minutes there is also some cocoa and peanut shells.
The taste is malty and full of peat reek; there’s some attitude in here that perhaps has been calmed in the reduction for cask strength but the overall taste is very good. There are also hints of the heather, malt and cocoa along with some further sweetness that is not overwhelming but in harmony with the peat smoke.
The finish is malty and somewhat akin to peanut butter along with some oak notes and the heather and juniper. The peat continues un abated for quite some time and becomes even more malty