Nose is rounder than a typical PE of this age, lush, with nectary-sweetness intertwined with fireplace, shoe polish, and oily stuff.
Palate is outstanding and completely delivers. Earthy, peaty, and dirty. Smokey and great. But none of that is overwhelmingly annoying. Mixed with berries, fruit, citrus. Medicinal stuff sometimes. Mile chocolate as it opens up. Nice complexity here.
Then peppery and tangy in the finish, ashy in a great way, very long.
The cask description on this sounds kinda gimmicky and suspect, but it's actually a must-buy if you can. Lots to enjoy and discover. Whatever a "wine treated butt" is, I'd like to treat my butt the same way. A-/A and I wouldn't be surprised if I later upgrade this rating.
Nose: Peat, malt, light sweet notes Palate: Bang with the peat! A bit must, a bit sweet, all of it hanging on there, then yielding to spicy notes, pepper and even some herbs. Finish: Lumps of coal, a bit of bitterness but not in a bad way, like dark chocolate.
N: Something like dried basil on smoked meat. P: Quite peaty, but sort of muted by a pseudo sherry like flavor. F: And after taste of strawberries?
I'm struggling a bit here with descriptors as this unusual wine treatment has definitely contributed some unusual flavor notes. They are subtle but detectable. I wonder, however, if I would have enjoyed this more or less if it had been matured more traditionally.