N: Very distinctive. There's almost a dairy note initially, kind of sei-cheese scented. Slightly peated, or is that just more of what I'm getting with that dairy note? Somewhat creamy on the nose, but then there's a vague mustard note. It's just short of having a medicinal smell. Theres some light malt underneath it all, with some barley. Faintest hints of tropical fruit. Water reduces the strange dairy thing and leaves malt, and a little dusty earthiness.
P: Light but rich and creamy; again sitting in that slightly sour, dairy-meets-peat territory. Malty in spades - barley and grains. Water reduces this to malt but there's still a slightly sour tang to it.
F: The dairy note is gone and it's more of a super light peat, still slightly sour. Grain and cereal. Malty. With water just a vague hint of the peaty note.
Easy drinking. Most unusual nose I've encountered in a while - almost like a deli tray. I'm not sure I'd want to buy this but it's not bad.
Palate: Same as the nose, lots of sweet, smoky wood, some leather. A little bit of a raw, young whiskey flavor underneath the smoke.
Finish: An interesting finish with some floral notes (candied violets), some syrupy notes and none of the smoke that you get on the finish of a peated whiskey.
I thought this was decent. The smoke is unique and very different from other smoky whiskies, but it still has a rawness to it that makes it taste immature. If it had more age on it and retained some of the smoke, it could be really great. I would also like to taste it at higher proof as it had a diluted feel to it at 40%.