My taste in single malts usually runs to the more powerful Islays - Laphroaig, Ardbeg, etc. I've had the 12 yr old 'Buna, and recently got the 18. Man, was I blown away!! The depth and complexity of flavors was amazing.
Color was incredibly rich and dark, like a deep chestnut or oak. Lots of sherry on the nose, with the sweetness coming through. A definite raisin scent as well, with just a hint of iodine and the salty sea in the background. On the palate, there's lots of fruit and sweetness with the first sip, with some vanilla and caramel, framed by a lightly smoky and "maritime" background. I found it to have a nice long finish, without the mineral or flint remaining in the mouth like most Islay malts. Almost like you had a piece of candy. This is one to be savored and nurtured, and would be a perfect dram on a cold evening. It's definitely not the "standard" Islay, but this is an absolute gem.
Sounds so tasty in this review!
This one should really be on my proverbial "buy list" someplace—or even just my "try list." I've never had it, and it feels like a significant gap in my malty experience.
I love this one. It's one I keep on my shelf on a regular basis. Personally haven't had a bad one yet, although some friends have reported having bottles from a fairly sulphured batch. Such is the risk with sherried whiskies.