N: As expected big peat n' smoke in the nose, but then solventy. P: Lots of smoke, dry, a sugar kane sweetness, and... F: ...a green off-note that emerges in the finish. Generally enjoyable but it's youth shows, this one needs a few more years in the cask to cover up the rough spots.
Unexpected, start there. The nose is more fruity than smoky. The initial taste is primeval grassiness that is almost overpowering, then becomes something akin to blowing up a new party balloon and then inhaling. The finish brought a sleeping bag.
This is not really a great or even good malt and I would rate it lower, except for the curiosity factor. It is different.
Some malts handle youth well (PC5). This one shouldn't be tapped again until 2012.
The nose isn't overpoweringly peaty or smokey, and somewhat reminiscent of a typical Port Ellen. There's also a smell exactly like superballs... or new Duck Boots. In the Palate, the slight fruit that was in the nose shows up here in a minor explosion, like tropical Bubbilicious gum. The smoke isn't more powerful than anything I've tried before, but it has a unique character to it... what I like most is the tart fruit flavor, especially on entry. Finish is long... VERY... and here the smoke takes over and just stays forever. That seems to be the thing with these ultra-peated single malts -- the palate itself doesn't get insanely smokier than anything you might have tried before, but the finish sure does stick around for a long time.