Nose: Strap yourself in for one hell of a ride. This one has bonkers peat. Forget any Islay medicinal notes, this is sweet, dry, earthy, oaky peat. Subtle it is not. Hang on! Is something coming through. No, my mistake, just more peat.
Palate: This is the only whisky I need water with. Neat: This is powerful stuff, peat bomb to the max. Some heavy duty spice develops and a little oak. Water brings out the same lychee and cherry blossom notes on the nose and palate that you will also find in this one’s ‘little brother’ The Cask of Hakushu Heavily Peated 1993. Here, it barely makes a dint in the peat though. There is a peanut oil oiliness to the mouth feel. Finish: Spicy, hot, peaty. Comments: I absolutely love it!!