The whisky isn’t peated, but one of the three types of casks is: ex-bourbon, ex-red wine STR, and ex-Islay casks used to mature peated Scotch. Essentially this is the Double Cask above, plus some peat. The influence is immediate, a smoky maritime quality on the nose that immediately connotes Islay, though it feels aromatically quite mild compared to a real Islay experience. There’s a light chocolate note and some of that pepper evident, as well. On the palate, there’s more peat than expected, but again less than Islay Scotch. It’s a straightforward whisky, toasty with both peat and wood, and quite sweet on the back end with notes of fresh berries and a slight reprise of chocolate on the finish.

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