This is a single malt from Clear Creek distillery in the US that uses peated barley from Scotland. They distill and age it for about 3 years before bottling it at 42.5% ABV.
Nose: Very strong peat – the young age is made immediately clear. Playdough with very earthy oak.
Palate: Peat without any smoke or brine – like a one-note Islay malt. A bit of mushrooms and raisins lingering in the background.
Finish: Peat and clay lingering with new oak.
Rating: 81/100 – A bit too young, but nice to try an American Islay style malt.
Value for the money: These retail around $45+ which is a bit of a stretch given Ardbeg 10 isn’t too far off that price.