Peat smoke announcement in the nose. Smoke dominates the palate, though a somewhat milder type of smoke. It's rounded out with malty/spice/sweet flavors. This continues into the medium-long finish. In some ways this is essentially a less "offensive" replacement for the 17 year. Overall, a good peated malt, and it grows on me the more I drink. Yum.
A whole lot more sugary than I expected. I have always thought that Bowmore does the best at combining peat and sherry into something that works well for both. This one didn't exceed any expectations but it also didn't miss the mark.
The peat is nicely subdued by the sherry influence and both mix well for a burnt sugar or burnt marshmellow taste (in a good way). Maybe I am jaded lately but 43% just isnt hot enough anymore. This could have had some more bite.
The finish is long on salt and mints with some cigar smoke after everything else is gone. This could easily be a B the next time I try it. It only just made the B+ category.