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Nose: sweet and juicy pit-smoked barbecue, olive oil and herbs, pine needles, and just an edge of antiseptic harshness.
Body: light and oily.
Palate: sweet, smoky, meaty, and woody. Honey roasted peanuts and peppered jerky. This reminds me a lot of the Lagavulin 16, if a little less balanced and distinct. Not quite as smooth or refined.
Finish: a smoky, licorice finish of medium length.
I love this Islay! Can it compete with the Lagavulin 16 or Ardbeg Uigeadail? No, but at $15-40 cheaper than those bottles, it doesn't need to. I got this for $53 at Total Wine, and it was worth every penny. Very similar profile to the Lagavulin 16, just a little harsher and less subtle. If you love the Laga but live on a budget, pick this up. A true delight.