Color: Pale nickel yellow, lemon chiffon color with fast, continuous but oily legs.
Nose: Petrol... Wet sand, ocean spray and lemon curd. Quite decent amount of peat on the nose: Bunsen burner, newly purchased garden hose and plastic food containers. Honeycomb, beeswax soap bars and canned pineapple rings. A few drops of water helps it to calm down a little... It doesn't add anything new or exciting but kinda brings everything more together.
Palate: Melting butter, warm baguette and ripe mango slices. Peach melba and quince jam. Water woks great... I don't know what I keep being surprised but the palate is as peaty as the nose suggested as well: Bonfire on the beach, grilled and charred pineapple rings and ground ginger. Roasted fennel seeds, brine and fresh rosemary leaves.
Finish: Long with sea salt, beeswax and crystallized ginger bits. Ground coriander and white pepper.
Overall: This is a beautiful whisky to say the least... All the secrecy about not naming the distillery was pointing to the direction of Clynelish even before I tasted it and I can say that it definitely is a very very good guess after tasting it but if this whisky is indeed a Clynelish it is the peatiest one I ever tasted. In the end who cares what it is... I loved it... Thanks again to Kate Watt sending me this sample for reviewing purposes.