Peats Beast 25 Year Old Islay Single Malt 70cl
A mature and well-integrated nose, with the peated element still in evidence: pipe smoke, creosote, peppered mackerel;then dried orange peel, rich toffee and black fruits. Things edge towards supple leather, but the deeper notes are balanced by fragrant smoke. When water is added, you get a touch of banana skin, kippers and nori. Broad, slightly oily and complex.
It starts with exotic woods, cocktail bitters and that orange peel element. There's a slight astringency, but it is balanced by oiliness and dry smoke. In time you get just-lit sandlewood incense and, with water, some drier smoked element and leathery maturity.
The finish is long, layered, lingering and balanced.
A great example of an aged peated whisky.
Soft brown-ish, pink-ish hues of dried tobacco leaves