Not quite scotch, not quite irish whiskey, and not quite that interesting. Nose smells like a discouraging, pissy and slightly apppley scotch. Palate is bland, slightly sweet with smoke. Very smooth, weak body. Finish is smoky but unremarkable.
Palate: There is some Irish in there, with the fruit and a slight maltiness. The peat is stronger on the nose than on the palate, but it's there as well. The late palate through the finish is pretty unpleasant: bitter, medicinal in a bad way.
Malts like this and McCarthy's demonstrate that making good use of peat may be a lot harder than it seems.
UPDATE: Retasted a new bottle several years later and the late palate and finish had lost the edge so raising the grade from C- to C+.
Tasted and scored this blind as a 78/100 which makes this a borderline c/c+. I would need to re-taste it to further refine the letter grade but nothing in the LAWS reserves even implies that I would grab this bottle before so many, many other bottles. Therefore, a re-taste is not likely.
I did not taste this in a LAWS meeting so there is no "bias" eminating from the other members. This simply doesn't measure up to the standards of what I (or most of the other members) want to drink....or own.
A decent smoker. Youngish and thin (and least it came off that way), but achieves it's goal of delivering peat. I reviewed this a long time ago, perhaps before I'd had many better peated malts. I've also thought it was worth drinking. C+/B-