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I had acquired this one due to the tempting wanted experience of an Islay whisky. So I gave into temptation and like all temptations they end up being great at least in the short run. Anyways....
Nose: Immediately as I opened it the first scent was smoked ham and bacon with a gentle salty twinge. Its like a barbecue of smoked pork on the beach. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose but it also has a tad bit of sweet vanilla inside. This is one of the best noses I've encountered. I might be a peathead, so far anyway.
Body: Full bodied, warming, and realtively smooth.
Taste: Full of smoke, char, smoked salty meats, and a little rubber. I can now say that I understand that flavor. In short this whisky tastes like being the grillmaster cooking in front of a full charcoal grill. This is what a real man's whisky tastes like.
Finish: Long, smoky, salty, and beautiful. There are some earthy tones within this finish. This seems to last forever on the finish which I must say its one of those tastes I won't mind having forever.
I've came to the conclusion that since this is a classic Islay, I believe that I am a self-proclaimed peathead. This is one of those whiskies you have to try once even though you think you might not like it. Its more than a whisky, it is an experience. I can't wait to acquire an Ardbeg or a Lagavuin. Even an older expression would be incredible.