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Everything about this dram was 'bi-polar' or mixed up. It appeared to be all over the spectrum in what it offered the nose, palate and finish. I bought the bottle July 16, 2011 upon the recommendation of a liquor store owner in Colorado, USA. Searching for a new Islay experience, he simply inferred that it would be good, pointing to HP 18 as his favorite (anyone who reads reviews could make that statement without ever having tasted a drop). I should have listened more cloesely to his commentary, because, in retrospect, he was simply trying to make a sale and wasn't really a die-hard Scotch devotee. If the store carries Laphroaig 10, but not the 18... buyer beware of the opinion of the salesman, they are simply selling alchohol without appreciation for the spirit!!! Nose: soft, yet stale vanilla with sweetness. Palate: hint of bold strength on the tongue, light tingle, some acidity. Finish: light smoke and peat, plastic wouldn't be incorrect, maybe even melting plastic.... yes. OVERALL: I believe this offers nothing noteworthy and has little character when compared to Laphroaig, Highland Park and the Western Highland Oban. Suggestion... with regard to Scotch, the devotee, ecclectic, and even eccentric drinker knows his/her dram. Stick with the heavy drinker who has the pocketbook and palate to afford the best, and the open-ness to appreciate wonder-ous variety and quality!