The nose has malt and fruit with wisps of smoke. The palate has serious peat, like you knock you over peat. It opens with some light sweet malt character and then the peat comes in waves, getting sharper and sharper, building until it's like a mouth full of ash (in a good way) which is pretty much what the finish is. To the extent there is Calvados influence it's only lightly suggested with a tinge of apple on the late palate and in the finish...it's very subtle. Overall, it tastes more like Octomore than a typical Springbank.