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This review is based on the Batch 001. Typical Islay and Laphroaig upon pulling the cork. Peat, smoke, hint of brine and marine scents. The initial palate was sweet, with definite caramel and vanilla tones. This was followed by my favorite part of drinking an Islay - the peat and smoke blast. The aftertaste was licorice and anise, with a surprising bit of bitterness. I thought it was might be an aberration, but several drams over the next few days left that same aftertaste.