It’s always going to be hit and miss when distilleries try and make something for the sake of it. Most heavily peated whiskies are produced for the same reason Brutal Fruit, and other girly drinks exists, there’s a demand for it. But is it any good? Usually the answer is a resounding “no”.
This may have been the peatiest whisky in the world at one point but I don’t believe that that was their intention. When I drink this I get the impression they wanted to make something so big that it needed extra structure just it wouldn’t collapse on itself. This is Frankenstein’s monster, in a good way. You can tell it’s got some great aspects that come through: a bit of liquorice, a hit of salt, some toffee sticking to the roof of your mouth. But it has some big scars. The high alcohol content (57%) is one of them, and so is, at least I think so, its peatiness. I can understand how these scars can put people off. This whisky is not for them. As for me, I want it to let it’s freak flag fly, and think it’s more than the sum of it’s seemingly disjointed parts.
I give it a 4 out of 5.