As the old batch of 18 (2010) remains as my favourite in memory, it would be hard for any new version to overtake my first love. Dislike this shiny purple label already...N- Vegetal, fresh mushroom, rounded umami, earthy and rustiness whipped in, with recognizable acidic notes that are unique to SB. Well integrated of fresh peach, mineral and sour milk at heart. Nail polish and get more vegetal at tail. Unique style with well rounded peat sphere that remains very old school.
P- Certainly not as aggressive as the 2010, less bites in this one, but were (well) compensated with welcoming sweetness, scents of burning leather and refine waxy bitterness at back palate, whiff of used oil soaked dirty cardboard. Mellow and firm.
F- Medium-long, fresh, sweet minted oak, elegant, full and chewy dry finish.
— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.