Distilled June-July 2009
Cask In: July 2009
Bottled: November 2009 (Yes that makes it about 4 months old!!!)
Alcohol: 61.4% (Screamin!)
I found this bottle while perusing through a Japanese liquor website. Heavily peated and only 4 months old – I had to try it. The price wasn’t bad either (~$55). I fully expected it to taste like new make and not have a whole lot of flavor at all. It is still very one dimensional, but I was truly surprised how much flavor it had. “Had” is the operative word…as you can see from the picture there isn’t much left at all. I do like it enough that I am ordering another bottle of it. Along with a bottle of the Double Matured Newborn.
Color – Amber orange
Nose: Peat with a capital P! You definitely get huge wafts of sweet peat when you first nose it and it hides the high alcohol content well. After awhile it opens up with a little maltiness.
Palate: A stiff jab of peat with that 61.4% alcohol following right up after. It does fade rather quickly though. You can tell it is a youngin’ and that it needs more time – but only 4 months old? Really? A hint of nutmeg/spice. It is not all that complex, straight forward peat as advertised. More of a nasal and back of the tongue alcohol feeling.
Finish: Short and fades fast.