Color: Polished brass, fortified white wine color with a thin ring of tiny beads of teardrops which very slowly turn into oily legs running down.
Nose: Grain notes hit first: Breakfast cereals, dry malt and oatmeal. Then the plasticky notes follows which I am actually quite familiar with from heavily peated Loch Lomond distillates also labeled as Croftenga from time to time: Ziploc bags, candle smoke and party balloons. Garden hose and mineral water. Milk chocolate, pipe tobacco and wet concrete.
Palate: Very spirit forward... Eucalyptus drops, young jenever and lemon twist. Plastic notes are definitely present on the palate as well: Plastic spray bottles, canned peaches and toasted wood. Damson plum jam, mint Jello and white tea.
Finish: Medium long with soot, fresh sage leaves and peppermint.
Overall: I really liked how distillate forward it is for an 18 year old whisky... It is a style I personally enjoy a lot and something we don't see very often except from independent bottlers as single cask releases. To be honest I love all the characteristics of Loch Lomond's peated spirit... It stays a little untamed even at older ages, it's minty, synthetic and grainy. And on top of everything like any other Loch Lomond expression it's priced amazingly well.