Nose: Thick and robust. Menthol and quite a lot of honey initially. A fair whack of peat and a little salty and nutty. Perhaps slightly medicinal (antiseptic cream). Some sherry notes come through after a short while, as well as a little oak. Seems weaker than ~63%. Water reveals rubber, faint sulphur and menthol and a litle more salt, keeping the peaty base.
Palate: Immediate rubber and antiseptic cream. Peaty. Quite dry and hot - the ABV shows here, that's for sure! Water please! ...Ok, water's cooled it down enough to get notes of lemon and weak chocolate.
Finish: A touch rubbery and a little antiseptic cream again. A very brief note of Olbas Oil/Vicks Vapour rub appears, before giving way to a fairly dry, peated sherriness that lasts a while. Water adds a slightly minty overtone.
The nose is absolutely astounding when neat but the closed, hot palate offers little in comparison. A nice finish though to round the proceedings off. Water helps the palate in terms of coolness but not so much taste. Shame, because otherwise this would rate very highly with me.
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For your tomorrows these gave their today."