Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Peat and smoke straight away. Underlying though is a rich, creamy sweetness – vanilla, custard and brown sugar.
With Water: The peat and smoke is greatly reduced with the addition of water, showing more of the sweet creaminess.
Sweet, rich sherry, creamy texture, again custard and vanilla. This soon gives way to spice, peat and smoke with a nuttiness coming through later. There’s also a slight iodine note but only just – like a slight edge on the tongue.
With Water: Virtually no smoke or peat with water. Almost like drinking sugar syrup.
Long, lots of peat and smoke with a saltiness which gives a slight bitterness. A little more spice and a heavy nuttiness. Drying over time.
With Water: Just about get spice still but once again no real smoke or peat. Even more nutty than without water.
This has been at the top of my “must try” list for some time now. Unfortunately for me no where near me sells it and I’m loathed to pay extra to have it delivered. However a well time work trip put me right next to a Tesco’s big enough to stock it so I made the time to pick up the last bottle in store!
Well what can I say – it would have been worth paying the extra to have it delivered or taking the time out to travel a pick a bottle up sooner. This certainly met my expectations and then gave a little extra. Amazingly sweet and creamy but with a wonderful dose of smoke and peat. I think this has actually taken the top spot on my list of whisky favorites (sorry Highland Park!).
I try not to recommend whiskies on my blog as everyone’s taste is different but I would say that as long as you like peaty whiskies then this is one to try for definite. I don’t recommend adding water though unless you want to de-smoke your whisky.
Taken from the Diago – Malts Website: