Almost forgot in all the post-rapture partying, I came across a blog post about a whisky I bought a few weeks back. Balvenie Peated Cask 17yo Tasting Notes
I have the Balvenie Islay cask referred to in the blog as well (it took me ages to find) and frankly I find it better than the new Peated cask though the new one is still very interesting and worth it's money.
I had a discussion with the liquor store vendor when I bought this whisky and he couldn't tell me where the casks for this whisky came from. Happily now we know: "It transpired that Balvenie Peated Cask is a strange hybrid, being comprised of a mix of 17yo Balvenie finished in New Wood blended with 17yo Balvenie finished in casks that had previously held a so-far-unreleased experimental heavily-peated Balvenie distilled in 2001."
Very interesting stuff if you like that sort of thing.
I like the description of the brine on the aftertaste, I hadn't noticed that before and if you know it's there you actually notice a very clear salty aftertaste that comes quite late after swallowing and then slowly fades. There's a wonderful world hidden in tasting notes from people who really know about that stuff, personally I only pick up half the things mentioned if I'm lucky and having a good day.