Nose: Chamomile tea, lemon zest and bees wax. Dried fruits: Papaya, mango slices and pineapple rings. Wooden bar counter, sea spray and cheese brine. More coastal and less smoky compared to regular Peated expression. Just a couple drops water: Linden flowers, straw bales and vintage furniture shop.
Palate: Although it is surprisingly drinkable at this abv. with beautiful dry lumber, sawdust and eucalyptus notes adding a few drops of water works absolute wonders: Charcoal, grilled asparagus, grilled green banana peppers and candied ginger. Yellow grapefruit, rock candies and vanilla. Peppermint leaves and clover honey.
Finish: Long with ground coriander, ground ginger, white pepper and wintergreen.
Overall: Quite hard to believe that this is actually the same whisky as the regular Amrut Peated but just bottled at a higher abv. It really feels like it is a different blend. There are so many additional layers both on the nose and on the palate... Well, if it is still not obvious I can say that I really liked it more than the regular strength. It is an expression I would happily pay the price difference for. Thanks to Raj Sabharwal and Glass Revolution Imports for the sample.