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Having recently sat down with this along side a 10 year Laphroaig, I did a direct comparison. I am relatively new to dissecting what I taste, thus I'm not very good at pulling apart the various influences. Nonetheless, my thoughts:
Nose: Crisp sea air, a little sweeter than the 10 perhaps? Subtle hints of the smoke to come.
Body: Fairly light but muscular!
Palate: At full strength, it packs a punch the 10 year does not have. A little water brings it down. The smoke is all around, but not as one-dimensionally as the 10 year (though also not as rich and smooth). Sweet notes are mixed in with this smoke. Decent complexity that I'm still discovering.
Finish: Medium-long, that smokey flavor tapers off along with a sweet note that the sip ends on.