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Nose: Less peat and smoke than the 12, but certainly not subtle, green tea, charcoal and wood chips, pine needles, sawdust, bitter mint, some brown sugar, highly unripe strawberries, bandages.
Taste: Bitter lemon, peat, salt and pepper, sea water, ash.
Finish: Peat, lemons, cooling mint, an extinguished campfire.
This was my first Islay whisky and wow did I hate it back then. I ordered it at a bar shortly after beginning my whisky journey and was stunned by the vile nature. I couldn't bare to finish it........Strange how things change. I remember very clearly thinking about that medicinal peaty flavor for weeks afterwards and I became more curious. Fast forward to now, and I have 3 bottles of Lagavulin in my cabinet. The point of the story I suppose is, don't write off a whole group of whisky (or anything) based on a single first impression. You could end up missing out on something great.