Nose: it seems at first discreet compared to the 1968 Samaroli and the 1968 Intertrade but quickly gains in power. More chiseled, with first of all fresh vegetal notes (cut grass, star anise, fennel) then lemon, a beautiful and powerful peat, iodine, marzipan, and a mineral side. Textbook Islay Malt, but with a balance that I have rarely encountered.
Palate: Sharp like a blade ... Lemon, iodine, peat, anise, fennel. Particular combo of vegetable notes, peaty and salty. Even better with a little water.
Finale: long, powerful, peaty, lemony, liquorice and mineral, with a return of smoked malted barley to the retro-olfaction.
Excellent, but different from the two 68 tasted in parallel (Samaroli and Intertrade). Peat in particular has changed, more powerful, fatter, and less marked by coal.