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Color: Light honeyed-gold.
Nose: Seaside campfire, smoked gouda, and PEAT. Let it breath for a few minutes and the smokiness eases up, giving way to charred oak and notes of iodine.
Body: smooth and watery, but with a kick.
Palate: Like sucking on roasted wood chips. Deep smokey flavor with a lot of salt.
Finish: Very long finish of smoke and salt. Very warm all the way down. Hint tobacco at the end, like finishing a good cigar.
This was only my second Islay malt, after the Laphroaig 10 year, and I've found this one to be much richer and more complex than the 10. I'm dying to try some others (I have a Lagavulin 16 I haven't opened yet), but this is one I've grown to love and expect to fall back on when I can't afford some of the pricier peats.