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Upon opening, there is a definite nose of vanilla, caramel, soft leather, and a certain "sweetness". For an Islay, there is very little of the smoke and peat one would usually expect. That is obviously what sets this whisky apart from it's well-smoked brothers. The palate is quite similar to the nose - sweetness, vanilla and caramel, with the barest hint of peat and brine. Definitely one of the sweetest whiskies, especially for an Islay, that i have ever experienced. It is also an oily whisky which keeps the mouth coated after swallowing. The aftertaste is a bit spicy, with cinnamon and licorice, but it is a very short aftertaste. Overall, a smooth dram and very straightforward, with very little complexity or depth.