Quite intense on the palate, plenty with wood influence and tobacco notes. Sweet-bitter arrival, raw, again bitter honey, almonds, quite bright and young. Even though the wood influence is evident it’s not really integrated with the distillate yet. A couple of more years of magic would have been great.
The finish is medium in length, bright as the distillate takes charge. Some salt vanilla and caramel are in the background. Nice overall, the first two releases “shareholders edition” and “Svaide” was better but this is a good release as well. If tested blind, I would have guessed a young bruichladdich with more spice than usual. And that’s a good judgement since that is one of my favorite destilleries.
(Rating interval 80-83)